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Old 08-24-2008, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a dog trainer & my 2 year old male is exposed to many dogs in doggie day care as well as with some clients. One of the day care dogs came down with kennel cough ( they're all supposed to be vaccinated!) last week.

Today, Zack is VERY lethargic & insists on staying outside in the 100 degree weather. This is very unlike him. I'm wondering if he might have a touch of kennel cough? He isn't coughing, but acts like he has the flu. I read that even innoculated dogs can get a mild case - but is coughing mandatory for a diagnosis?
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That dog could very well have been vaccinated and still have kennel cough. I'm sure you know there are many strains of kennel cough, but the vax only covers a few of them.

Yes, your dog could be in the beginning stages of this. If your dog is as under the weather as you say, I would get him in out of that kind of heat whether he likes it or not and take his temperature. If it's elevated, I would be calling the vet first thing in the morning and if he starts coughing, I would for sure be calling in the morning.
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I agree with Elaine. Kennelcough is a virus, just like our influenza. The vaccination is based on one or two strains, but there is more then 12 strains known to cause kennelcough.

But I wouldn't run off to a vet immediately: he'll be pumped with AB, which will not help him. I would just let him be, keep him happy and relaxed. It will pass with a few days. But do check his temperature, ans make sure that he has water (with some honey in it) available at all times.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: PeetI agree with Elaine. Kennelcough is a virus, just like our influenza. The vaccination is based on one or two strains, but there is more then 12 strains known to cause kennelcough.
We are recent proof as our puppy (not vaccinated) contracted kennel cough recently and our older dog, who is vaccinated, caught it from him. Our Vet prescribed ABs for the pup, as a precaution, but said to let the older dog's take its course. He said to just watch for really severe coughing, but otherwise it would resolve itself and it did.
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Quote: I agree with Elaine. Kennelcough is a virus, just like our influenza. The vaccination is based on one or two strains, but there is more then 12 strains known to cause kennelcough.

But I wouldn't run off to a vet immediately: he'll be pumped with AB, which will not help him.
This is not entirely accurate - "Kennel cough" comprises not only several different viral strains but infectious bacteria as well, which is why antibiotics are prescribed. If it were a purely viral affair, like human influenza, I would agree to hold off on the antibiotics but once a KC diagnosis is given, antibiotics may be an important part of treatment and can be crucial in making sure that KC doesn't become something worse.

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While KC can often run its course in healthy adult dogs without treatment, a fairly large number of animals develop secondary infections, severe upper respiratory infections, and even pneumonia.

One diagnostic technique is to run your finger gently along the dogs neck (along where the trachea is) and see if that stimulates a coughing response.
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Agree with Pupresq.

A clear diagnosis is a good thing. First off, what if it's something else? There are a lot of things that start off as lethargy then blossom into something more serious. (anything from a UTI to Cushings for example). A good vet exam is a good place to start.

If it is definitively kennel cough, you'll want to take some steps like inhibiting exercise, which makes coughing worse, and putting more moisture into the air (my vet recommended a cool vaporizer).

Years ago, I had a pup that developed pneumonia from KC. It's not as minor of a illness as some people might think. It's easily treated, but it's not to be taken lightly, IMO.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Still lethargic, although he is eating. I have considered that it could be something else - valley fever is an epidemic in So. AZ.

We are seeing the vet tomorrow & I'll report back!
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Another thought is the canine flu. It is best to get him checked either way.
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I just came upon this thread. What did the vet say Dogmama?
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Zack tested positive for valley fever. It is a weak positive and he won't be treated unless his titer increases.

I saw an alternative medicine vet who has prescribed a mushroom compound, vitamin C & E to boost his immune system. We will retest in one month.
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