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Can I give my dog Zzzquil? I am sure he has kennel cough. I

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Can I give my dog Zzzquil? I am sure he has kennel cough. I can't get him into the vet untl the morning.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

While Zzzquil has an antihistamine that do we use in dogs, it won't be very helpful for a cough. Therefore, this isn't advisable to use if this isn't allergic in nature. Instead to soothe his cough, you'd be best to use a mild cough suppressant. Pet safe options we often use are Glycerin/honey cough syrup (with no drugs in it) or even plain honey. Both can be very soothing and can be given at a dose of 1-2 milliliter (~1/4-1/2 teaspoon) as needed. Alternatively, we can use Robitussin DM. Of course, if you use this, we only want to use this one with Dextromethorphan +/- Guaifenesin. Avoid similar syrups with dog toxic drugs (ie Paracetamol, Acetaminophen, Pseudoephedrine, Phenylephrine or caffeine, etc). Dose-wise, you can give 1/2 (half) teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight every 8-12 hours. Again, these can reduce coughing and help keep him comfortable until he sees his vet in the morning.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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