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I have 2 female boxers and they both have a cough like they

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I have 2 female boxers and they both have a cough like they are trying to hack up a hairball. My fiance thinks it may be Kennel cough, but we don't cage them up. Any ideas?
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: Libby (4 years old), Maddie (7 years old)
JA: How old is Libby?
Customer: 4 years old.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Libby?
Customer: She is Albino and deaf.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Gabby. Kennel cough is just a common name for infectious tracheobronchitis. They do not have to be kenneled for them to pick it up. You can bring the virus in on your shoes. Or a sick dog could have coughed somewhere they come in contact with. Like if a sick dog walked by your yard or you took them for a walk.

You can try giving them plain Robitussin cough syrup for the cough.

1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog every 6 hours as needed.

Use the human plain Robitussin cough syrup with the active ingredient Dextromethorphan.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

It normally resolves in 7-10 days. It is highly contagious to other dogs but not humans.

Signs you need to see a vet are:

Coughing up phlegm

Not eating or drinking for 24 hours

Yellow nasal or eye drainage


Trouble breathing

Pale or purple gum color.

They should rest until they are better.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Gabby