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I think he has kennel cough : Beamer : 7 : english bulldog

Customer Question

i think he has kennel cough
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Beamer
JA: How old is Beamer?
Customer: 7
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Beamer?
Customer: english bulldog
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no - he is healthy. Is there any over the counter cough medicine i can give him?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Unfortunately, nothing of value. Most of the over the counter cough suppressants contain dextromethorphine which is no longer recommended for dogs due to lack of efficacy. You'll have better luck dosing Beamer with a tablespoon of honey every few hours and keeping him as quiet as possible.

While kennel cough can affect any age dog, our older dogs may cough for more serious reasons - advanced cardiopulmonary disorders such as heart failure, sterile bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD), heartworm disease, and neoplasia (cancer) in the chest cavity. If Beamer's coughing persists for more than a week it would be prudent to have his chest auscultated (listened to) and X-rayed.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.