I just adopted a dog from the shelter about a month ago. He is a Lab/Pit mix, approximately 2 years old (according to the shelter's records, though he was only brought in 4 days prior to my adopting him.) About a week after bringing my new dog home, he started coughing and "reverse sneezing." The shelter assured me that it was indeed Kennel Cough and gave me antibiotics, which I had followed through in administering to him for the full 10 days. Two weeks later, my other dog, my 3 year old Yellow Lab, developed the same symptoms. Both dogs have not changed their eating habits and are still playful and seem otherwise healthy.
Still concerned, I brought them both to my veterniarian, who also told me that it was Kennel Cough that they were both exhibiting. He gave both dogs antibiotics and cough medicine - I guess the cough medicine tastes pretty awful, because my 3 year old Lab spits it out, or at least MOST OF IT. It's a liquid, which I administer to both dogs via syringe.
Is there any other way for me to administer this medicine. My 3 year old needs 8cc's. The Lab Pit isn't too bad about taking it, so I can continue to give him the medicine via syringe. Any suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated. It breaks my heart when I hear my dogs coughing, and I know that the cough medicine helps to control that cough quite a bit. Thank you in advance for any advice.
well, I use a turkey baster and put it as far back into the mouth as I can. Also when you give the yuck, keep their muzzle closed shut and gently rub the throat to stimulate them to swallow. Could be worse...try giving a cat liquid meds...........
My eldest dog had kennel cough when I adopted him from the shelter. Well, he developed it about 2 days later. I hate to say it but I'd put the medicine as far back as I could (without gagging him) while keeping his muzzle putting up so the medicine would go back. I have a little dog so I would hold him in that position for about 30 seconds until I knew he had swallowed the medicine.
Upon your death your dog will mourn you until the day you die; a cat will play with your toe tag as they wheel you out ;)