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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your dogs! Sounds like you have a house full! I will tell you that Baytril and Clavamox aren't usually the antibiotics we reach for when treating kennel cough. Those are pretty heavy duty antibiotics and we often reserve those for infections that we are afraid will not respond to other first line antibiotics. The other consideration is that those are both expensive antibiotics and if you start your dogs on them, you will need to continue them, which might get quite expensive with 3 dogs depending on their size. We don't like to have a dog on an antibiotic for just 2 days and then change the antibiotic, because we can develop antibiotic resistance. Our antibiotics we usually turn to with kennel cough would be Doxycycline or Minocycline, or cephalosporins. Also, depending on the age of the dog, if they are puppies or younger/still growing, we try not to use Baytril as it can cause problems in cartilage development in growing pups.
Some cases of kennel cough will resolve without antibiotics if mild, and we don't always use them in every case as some of the issue may also be viral. Here is an article on kennel cough:
and another: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/respiratory_system/respiratory_diseases_of_small_animals/tracheobronchitis_in_small_animals.html
Hello, just wondering if you got my response and if you had any questions?
Great. Did they end up starting meds/seeing the vet, or are they improving on their own?