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Old 05-23-2017, 08:40 AM
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Is it Kennel Cough?

On May 4th I adopted a 3 year old Jack Russell mix from a local shelter. He had been treated for heartworms on April 14th (Doxycyline prior and then the 2 injections). He had also been given Capstar and Advantage for fleas, and been dewormed twice. However, when we took him home we found him infested with fleas. We bathed, gave him Capstar and Trifexis. We took him to the vet who said he looked to be in good health and to follow up in 4 months for labs regarding his heartworms. All his vaccinations are to date. He is playful and eats well, no more fleas. We try to keep him quiet due to the recent heartworms. We noticed a few random sneezes but no nasal discharge. We live in a condo in a marina on a Bayou in Louisiana so thought tbe environment could be the cause, also we have 4 cats. Then he started with an intermittent honking, gagging, cough. Suspecting kennel cough we took him back to the vet. She insisted this coukd NOT be tgd case because he doesn't have watery eyes or nose and wasn't coughing that much. However shd started him on Doxycyline and told us to keep him away from the cars for 2 weeks. This only aftef I showed her an article where it has been found to be contagious to cats. Well, 4 days later and his cough is much worse. He pulls at his halter vest when we walk him and coughs continually. He also bites at his legs. Hr coughs in the mornings and some at night, mostly. He eats great. He doesn't look sick in the least. I have thoughg about the heartworms, coughing them up, something lodged in his throat - he ate some wood chips before we could stop him, allergies. He's been twice to the vet- HELP!
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On May 4th I adopted a 3 year old Jack Russell mix from a local shelter. He had been treated for heartworms on April 14th (Doxycyline prior and then the 2 injections). He had also been given Capstar and Advantage for fleas, and been dewormed twice. However, when we took him home we found him infested with fleas. We bathed, gave him Capstar and Trifexis. We took him to the vet who said he looked to be in good health and to follow up in 4 months for labs regarding his heartworms. All his vaccinations are to date. He is playful and eats well, no more fleas. We try to keep him quiet due to the recent heartworms. We noticed a few random sneezes but no nasal discharge. We live in a condo in a marina on a Bayou in Louisiana so thought tbe environment could be the cause, also we have 4 cats. Then he started with an intermittent honking, gagging, cough. Suspecting kennel cough we took him back to the vet. She insisted this coukd NOT be tgd case because he doesn't have watery eyes or nose and wasn't coughing that much. However shd started him on Doxycyline and told us to keep him away from the cars for 2 weeks. This only aftef I showed her an article where it has been found to be contagious to cats. Well, 4 days later and his cough is much worse. He pulls at his halter vest when we walk him and coughs continually. He also bites at his legs. Hr coughs in the mornings and some at night, mostly. He eats great. He doesn't look sick in the least. I have thoughg about the heartworms, coughing them up, something lodged in his throat - he ate some wood chips before we could stop him, allergies. He's been twice to the vet- HELP!
Did the vet do a chest x-ray? I would ask for one to be safe. We thought our dog had kennel cough and it turned out to be heart failure. Our dog was coughing at night, and any time he was laying down to rest.
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I agree, if the abx aren't working then a chest rad would be a good rule out. A URI culture might be something to consider, but that's quite costly and most people opt for symptomatic treatment instead. If he's itching all over it could even be allergies.
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The primary symptom for a dog with heart worm infection is persistent coughing. More than likely it is still part of that disease and the lungs have not healed at this time. When the heart worms are killed, they do not dissolve. Instead, they float with the blood into the lungs until they cause small emboli in the lung vasculature. This too can trigger a reaction by the lungs and cause coughing. My advice is to keep your dog quiet and support it. If this is the cause, it should resolve on its own. If it is kennel cough, it will run its course in 10-14 days.
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