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Old 12-09-2009, 09:43 PM
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Good to know ! I've never had it and never even given shots until needed for kenneling , parks etc .
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:05 AM
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as others have said, patience. it's self-limiting in most cases, and while it's a real pain in the neck (it made luce cough so hard she puked on my pillow), for most otherwise healthy dogs it's not a serious danger.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:22 AM
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Mary's son Bronki was terribly susceptible. I don't know if his vaccine was defective or what but he got it anyway. HE would cough so hard at night no one got any sleep. I would take him into the bathroom turn on the shower and prop him up on pillows. IF he laid flat on the ground he couldn't breathe at all I read a book of vet stories where he complained that people would bother him at night because they were too lazy to come into the clinic during the day. I was annoyed when I read it because kennel cough is so much worse during the pm you think things are getting scary worse. He should have known that.

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Old 12-10-2009, 10:02 AM
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I did hear that the kennel cough vaccine only covers about 50% of the strains out there.

I had all my dogs come down with it after adopting a dog that supposedly was over it but I guess wasn't. Eventually, all my dogs went on medication and one of mine had to give injections daily instead of the pills. He also went into pneumonia. I spent endless nights in a bathroom with the shower going to create steam because of the deep cough.

Try to keep your dog calm and see the vet if the condition doesn't improve. I don't take kennel cough lightly after my experience.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:55 PM
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Thanks, everyone. She's been on antiobiotics for 4 days now, so I think that's helping. The coughing seems to be worse when we're outside-- it's pretty darn cold here right now, so that might trigger it. I'm keeping her inside and away from other dogs for the time being.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:22 PM
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aw, poor guy! sorry to hear he caught it. hope it's not too bad though. i know as well that the vaccine only makes it milder if they do catch it..would be nice if it could totally prevent it!
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