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Brand new yorkie 8 weeks old either couphing or "hacking". 8…

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Brand new yorkie 8...

Brand new yorkie 8 weeks old either couphing or "hacking" .

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?

8 week old yorkie "hacking" like a cough

Veterinarian's Assistant: Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name?

Puddles

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Puddles?

No we just got her today

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Puddles, please?

The infectious tracheobronchitis complex ("kennel cough") needs to be considered in a pup who had associated with other dogs 3-10 prior to the onset of symptoms. This infection is self-limiting in 1-3 weeks in most cases but in such a young pup I'll prescribe an antibiotic of choice for this infection such as doxycycline or amoxicillin/clavulanate. Until you can have Puddles attended to by a vet you can dose her with 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 mL) of honey every few hours which should help suppress her coughing/hacking.

Please note that canine influenza which is less common than kennel cough but more dangerous because it can cause pneumonia can look similar to kennel cough and so if Puddles worsened instead of improved during the initial week of her symptoms she would need the attention of her vet at your earliest convenience.

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