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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog (8 year old rescue dog a mix of hunting breeds, a scavenger)

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My dog (8 year old rescue dog a mix of hunting breeds, a scavenger) has a dry yakking, I went to vet, they gave a antibiotic shot and pills. It is alittle better but still there after five days. I gave him deworming meds from the vet this morning. Any suggestions
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It sounds as if infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough") were diagnosed and antibiotics prescribed to address that infection. Either doxycycline or potentiated amoxicillin (Clavamox) is the antibiotic of choice for kennel cough but most dogs remiss unaided within 10-14 days. Coughing can persist in spite of the infection being eliminated, however, if only because the inflammation associated with infection can be long-lasting. As long as Fast Eddie remains stable and continues to improve, no further treatment is necessary. If he didn't continue to improve or instead worsened, X-rays of his chest are indicated. Canine influenza can look just like kennel cough but end up causing pneumonia which is unexpected with kennel cough. X-rays are necessary to confirm the presence of pneumonia. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.