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How much Children's Robitussin DM can I give a 76 lb. Boxer?

He has kennel cough. JA: I'm...
How much Children's Robitussin DM can I give a 76 lb. Boxer? 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: Shiner and he's 8
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Shiner?
Customer: He had the Bordetella vaccination February 2016.
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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Unfortunately even if vaccinated for kennel cough, there are many strains and exposure or even the modified live vaccination itself can still result in kennel cough in puppies and adult dogs. Similar to having a flu vaccination but still getting the flu virus in a more mild form. The cough is comparable to something being caught in the throat or a cat with a hairball.

There are some home remedies that can help reduce the cough and give relief

1.) The steam of the shower when the cough is severe or constant

2.) A little honey three times daily can help soothe the lungs

3.) If you have a humidifier or nebulizer that would also be wonderful to use in this situation

Unfortunately I prefer to avoid cough suppressants because when suppressing a cough if there is phlegm or buildup and lead to bronchitis or even pneumonia if the material is not coughed up so this is not something I tend to administer. If you do elect to use robitussin it is an off label use in dogs and the dose given is 0.5 to 1 mg per pound (1 to 2 mg/kg) every 6 to 8 hours. Many veterinarians recommend doses of anywhere from 1 ml to 2 ml per 10 pounds of body weight.

I hope this information makes sense! If the cough is productive I would advise a veterinary exam to ensure antibiotics are not warranted. In addition if there is development of lethargy or a reduced appetite then it would be best to have a veterinary exam. Luckily similar to the flu and those that are vaccinated the bordatella vaccination should help reduce symptoms of kennel cough and allow this to pass readily for Shiner.

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