A lady that shows shelties told me that she uses robitussin-DM for her dogs if they get kennel cough at a show. And it works great. She also said she swears by it and would never give her dogs anything but that for kennel cough. Has anyone every heard of this before?
The problem I see with that is kennel cough is an upper respiratory infection, therefore requiring antibiotics to cure it, Robitussin will simply cover up the symptoms. I cant say that I know that Robitussin would be dog safe in any event
I've dealt with kennel cough for my Rat Terrier, ChiChi...she had it when she was a puppy and indeed, you need an antibiotic to get rid of it.
My Toy Poodle Yuki has been coughing for a few days or so now and Scout recommended giving him Robitussin DM, which I have, and it's helped stop his coughing...however, at the same time...I am almost positive he doesn't have kennel cough because he was never exposed to any other dogs.
Keep in mind though, that there's a difference between an irritation of the throat type coughing and kennel cough :o)
Bump, for more info....One of mine started coughing last night and occassionally throughout the day today. She has been with me about 3 months and has not been out or exposed to any dogs other than mine. It sounds more like when they swallow their pallet, and once she does the cough,gag, she doesnt do it for awhile. No other dog in my house is doing this, so I'm leaning toward throat irritation, or something. Vet has no appts till monday, and she is playful, running, rambunctious, eating, up to date on shots, etc,
Curious about anyone else using Robitussin, or other OTC med and the doseage
No, Kennel Cough is a VIRUS. Antibiotics are only prescribed to prevent secondary infections while the dog's sytem is compromised. There are like 30+ strains of Kennel Cough. The vaccine only covers against a few. Robitussin is a cough supressant (having battled with Chronic Bronchitis my entire childhood) this eases up on the throat irritation and allows for a slightly quicker recovery from the symptoms. But it does have to run its course. To the OP I would suggest just waiting for a while before giving any OTC drugs such as Robitussin. I would feel safer using a Sulfa drug at this point like Albon. But first I would ask...Does your dog have any nasal discharge? Usually Kennel Cough is accompanied by some rather gross looking nasal discharge...It may just be throat irritation.
I'm not tryig to be funny, but maybe she has a hair stuck in her throat. I know that my pup is always picking up treats, bones, and her toys from the floor. She'll gnaw on things while she's holding them on the floor, too.
If the others aren't coughing nd she hasn't been around any other dogs, I doubt that she has kennel cough.
No nasal drainage, and I thought about the hair in her throat, and was getting her to drink water to try to wash it down because she does always have someting in her mouth, to no avail. I thought she swallows her pallet at first but its frequent enough that I dont think it is, and infrequent enough thats its not serious. I didnt beleive it was kennel cough, just hated to start a whole new thread about coughing when this one was here. I am seeking some remedies to give her a little relief, shes been sleeping a couple hours with no coughing, just comes about every so often
Actually, PuPzRuS, the vaccine used to prevent kennel cough, bordatella is a bacteria, though some strains of kennel cough are caused by viruses. Just depends which one the dog contracts and because they can't determine which strain that it is and to prevent the inflammation of the trachea from becoming worse, antibiotics are usually prescribed.
I've used cough medicine and it works just fine, my dogs have had a few strains of kennel cough as I used to work at a shelter, and NO one vaccine will NOT cover you for all strains of kennel cough!!!! It's just like a human cold, you have to let it take it's course, lately in BC we are seeing some really terrible strains...