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It seems my six-month-old pup has a case of never-ending kennel cough.

After two or three days of coughing, I took her to the vet on December 13th, where she was diagnosed with kennel cough and given a prescription for Clavamox. She was on it for fourteen days (two doses a day) but it didn't seem to get any better. As I've heard it can take longer to clear up in puppies, I decided to wait another two weeks to see if it would clear up on its on, but when it hadn't I took her back to the vet.

I went this past Friday (January 15th), and after a thorough exam the vet said that it probably was still kennel cough. However, she said that she had heard a Grade I heart murmur and that if the kennel cough hadn't cleared up in another two weeks it might be something to look more closely at. She gave her a prescription for Doxycycline and also advised me to deworm her with Panacur in case it might be parasite related.

She's been on the Doxycycline for five days now, and I just started the Panacur yesterday. However, her cough has gotten louder and more frequent, and just last night/this morning she started gagging up white foam/saliva with her cough, which she hadn't previously done. She was up most of the night last night coughing, far more than usual, and it broke my heart to watch. :(

Does anyone know if this is normal? Or have any advice on how to help get her better or at least make her more comfortable? As a new and first-time dog owner I honestly don't know what to do and I feel kind of alone in this.

Any help, advice, or insight would be much appreciated, thanks!
 

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Do you have a vet that makes house calls? I hate taking young, already sick, vulnerable puppies into the vets. I would keep in touch with your vet. It does sound like your dog is getting sicker, but unless they are going to sanitize the place or have a separate entrance/exit for sick animals, I'd be hesitant to take her in again.
 

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Get a second opinion. I would also want to get some bloodwork done just to see how her immune system is functioning. A healthy dog should have been over bordtella by now especially with the extra antibiotics. To me throwing in some panacur at this stage in the game is kinda like throwing darts in the dark. She should have been wormed right off the bat. Panacur is my preferred worming med because it is gentle. Is the vet running fecals or other smears to check for worms? If it is parasite related though they could get worse as the parasites in the lungs start dying off and she needs to cough them up.
 

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Unfortunately the vet I use doesn't do house visits, but I called and they said they can see her tomorrow morning. Even though it's not ideal having to bring her into the office, I'm in the DC area and we're expecting a blizzard, so I want to make sure she's OK before we get stuck in the house for who knows how long.

She hasn't had any tests done or any blood work, but I will make sure to ask the vet about it tomorrow. I suspect the vet will want x-rays taken, though.

In the meantime I've given her a teaspoon of Robitussin DM which has helped her cough a lot; she's only coughed five or six times or so since I gave it to her, and she's not coughing up any phlegm or anything. She's still her regular, rowdy self (no lethargy here, that's for sure!), and though she seems a little disinterested in her food, she's still eating, so I'm a little less worried than I was before.
 
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