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My golden retriever started coughing periodically yesterday.

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My golden retriever started coughing periodically yesterday. He has not been boarded recently, although there is a neighbor that frequently stops by. He acts normal otherwise. Is this kennel cough? If so what are the treatment options?
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: Charlie age 4
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Charlie?
Customer: No acting normal. Eating and drinking fine
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 month ago.

Hello and thank you for using this site to help you. IF it is kennel cough then usually nothing is done unless it turns into a bacterial lung infection. Then antibiotics are given. Kennel cough is equivalent in a sense to a human cold and your Vet will likely let it run its course. You can give an over the counter cough suppressant with kennel cough and I will direct you to dosing for this below.

Of course coughing can also be due to a heat problem or heart worm so if you feel it is getting better over time you will want to see your vet.

Here is more on Kennel cough http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/infection/infectious-tracheobronchitis-kennel-cough-in-dogs

Robitussin DM dosing http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/dextromethorphan-robitussin-dm

And here are other reasons for coughing to be concerned about

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/symptoms/chronic-coughing-in-dogs

I do see that this breed is prone to Laryngeal Paresis

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/lungs-airways-chest/laryngeal-paresis-and-paralysis

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