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Puppies rescued from Louisiana—arrived to NC on 11/20. Have been treated for kennel cough with Clavamox for over a week. Yesterday the male, smaller of the pair, to vet with lethargy and no appetite and congested cough and swollen painful joints in front legs. No vomiting or diarrhea. Have congested breathing and cough but no sputum. today the female having exact same symptoms. Any ideas what this is, we are stumped
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with your dogs, Susie. There appear to be concurrent infections in these pups. Pneumonia due to canine influenza needs to be considered in addition to the canine infectious tracheobronchitis complex ("kennel cough") and a tick-borne infection needs to be considered when a polyarthritis has arisen. The pups need to be tested for Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, +/- Babesia predicated upon where they've lived. Clavamox is a reasonable choice for their respiratory infections but X-rays of their chests should be considered at this time and it's important to note that doxycycline rather than Clavamox is the antibiotic of choice for most of the tick-borne infections. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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