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Puppy with who was treated with parvo and has developed a

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puppy with who was treated with parvo and has developed a gagging cough
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Customer: i gave her a small bone earlier when i got home so i could finish my work from the desk. its seems like she has started coughing more since then i fed her her dinner and she ate it all.. she is still on antibiotics.
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your dog who already had to deal with such a severe infection. If your puppy had been hospitalized or just was treated as an outpatient there's a good chance that she contracted infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough") at the hospital. The incubation period of that infection is 3-10 days and the hallmark of the infection is a gagging, hacking, cough. She may already be on an antibiotic that's recommended against infectious tracheobronchitis - either doxycycline or amoxicllin/clavulanate (Clavamox). Please let me know if that's the case.

Most dogs will remiss unaided within 1-3 weeks. I might prescribe a narcotic cough suppressant for severely affected dogs but antibiotics aren't usually necessary. I would consider an antibiotic for her, however, because her immune system is likely to still be supbar due to her bout with parvovirus. Please respond with the additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.

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