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My friend says that my dog has Kennel Cough. I saved Ralphie from the shelter and after a few days, he became unmotivated and developed a cough and keeps snorting/sneezing. Has anyone ever been in this situation before? Is this common?
 

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My friend says that my dog has Kennel Cough. I saved Ralphie from the shelter and after a few days, he became unmotivated and developed a cough and keeps snorting/sneezing. Has anyone ever been in this situation before? Is this common?
Has he ever been vaccinated for Bordetella (kennel cough)? Kennel cough is easily spread so I would keep him away from all other dogs until you know for sure. Take him to the Vet, they will give him a cough suppressant. If not, the poor guy will be miserable.

And, yes it's fairly common. My Pug Lola had it last summer. It does pass without medication, but I couldn't stand to watch Lola cough so we took her to the Vet.
 

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Hi,
both our dogs had kennel cough last year. They make the most horrific sound with it, like they have something stuck in there throat. But ours didn’t sneeze with it. The first two days where the worst, but it had more or less gone within a week. We just gave ours cough mixture and honey. But if they do have it you must keep them well away from other dogs for a few weeks.
 

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Sounds like a good possibility.

Please don't try human over-the-counter cough suppressant without consulting your vet because only a few types are okay to use in dogs.
 

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My dog had all of the same symptoms when I got him from a shelter - snorting, sneezing, coughing, reverse sneeze attacks, etc. I took him in for his free wellness check and the vet didn't address his symptoms and only gave me literature for reverse sneeze. He got worse and was miserable and coughing all night. I took him to another vet who diagnosed him immediately and put him on antibiotics (he also had an ear infection the 1st vet missed--sad!) By then I'd already exposed him to my parents' elderly dog, so I wasn't happy with the first vet. Anyway, my point is that it is very contagious and can progress quickly. The 2nd vet also told me to use Robitussin at night, but he threw that up so I never gave it to him again. It took awhile to clear up. I'd definitely get him to a vet and keep him away from other dogs until it clears. Did your shelter offer you a free wellness visit? Glad you adopted him!
 

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Sounds like a good possibility.

Please don't try human over-the-counter cough suppressant without consulting your vet because only a few types are okay to use in dogs.



Yes, should have added that, ours was over the counter mixture , but it was on the advice of our vet.
 
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