I have a 5 month old APBT female who I have recently (about 5 weeks ago) adopted from a rescue group in Georgia. When we went up to get her, there happened to be a really bad ice storm and most roads were shut down. We brought her back home and noticed that she had a pretty bad cough. I figured it could either be from the cold wet weather or kennel cough. It was sort of a dry hacking, a little bit of mucus but not much. She also had a runny nose at the time.
I called the adoption agency and inquired about the possibility of kennel cough and the lady told me that she didn't have a kennel cough problem with her dogs.
After being home with us for a few days her coughing noticeably subsided. I gave her some soothing chamomile and licorice tea every once in a while and it seemed to help alot.
The problem is, every once in a while, especially in the mornings, she hacks. It sounds almost like she's trying to cough up a hairball. If this isn't bordatella, what the heck could it possibly be?
My english bulldog was having that problem. Hacking cough mainly in the morning. She had pneumonia. Take her to the vet immediately and get her on antibiotics. They will have to take an xray to determine if it is pneumonia. Better safe than sorry.
I agree take the dog to the vet. If it is nothing to worry about once the vet checks the dog you may want to try a cool air humidifier. I have a cocker that did this for a long time and we found that the air was too dry for him particularlyin the AM. The humidifier worked wonders and he does not cough any more.
Take your dog to the vet. My two dogs had kennel cough & were on antibiotics for 2 weeks, the vet said they would be contagious for 10. On Day 9 I brought them home with me by my mom's german shepherd Abby. A week later Abby was coughing like crazy so my parents brought her to the vet the very next day. The vet said it was a good thing they brought her in when they did because kennel cough in large breeds becomes pnuemonia very quickley. In order to see if it's kennel cough the vet will rub your dog's throat, if it's kennel cough they should cough. My puppies didn't cough though, even though they had it.
my Sade is a yorkie and she does this too.. once in a while.. she is inside the house with us on the weekend.. but during the weekdays when i'm at work she is in the dog mansion with Hercules and Mercy. Sade is the only one that is hacking.....when i get home I will try to rub her throat as you suggested to rule out kennel cough...
all my dog had was a hacking cough and she seemed okay otherwise. I'm not saying it IS pneumonia, I'm just saying it could be and pneumonia is deadly to dogs. My cousins dogs had hacking coughs and their problem was kennel cough. I was just trying to urge you to check it out before it gets worse. Hope doggie is fine!
Coughing up mucus means something is clogging him that shouldn't. Definately have his chest xrayed, could be pneumonia or a condition that may eventually turn into pneumonia. Heart disease could also cause the lungs to back up with fluid that accumulates overnight.
***Edited By: lalayla on 2/28/2005 2:03:37 PM*** Reason: add
Sorry to hear about your pit. I know this post doesnt apply to Kennel cough, but i noticed that you are pit bull owners or lovers. We are trying to stop[ the ban on pits in Georgia. I know not all of you might live in GA, but we need to stand up together and fight as one. When it comes time for your city or state to try and ban them, we will be there by your side. So please help us. please visit our webpage at www.haynespitbulls.com/fightbsl for news and ways you can help. we also have a yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/americaagainstbsl where important news and info will also be posted. Please help. We need all the support we can get.
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