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Do vets normally give penicillin and dexamethasone shots for kennel cough?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?

She is dashshund, 8 years old and her name is Lucy?

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Lucy

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She is up to date on all kennel cough shots just had a booster shot on November 9th, stays in the house with my 70 year old father in law, health and very well taking care of.

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My father in laws dog has passed away! She received a pencillin and dexamethasone shot today a the vet which was suppose to be for kennal cough. All of her shots are up to date just had kennel shot booster on November 9th. My father in law was given clavamox to start tomorrow along with comfortis because she had a few fleas. She had been acting funny all night like she was having a little trouble breathing. After several hours of walking around sitting and looking at my father in law not wanting him to hold her which is very very abnormal she started moaning, acting like she was gasping for air then started foaming from the mouth and nose with blood in it. He is very upset and we are trying to figure out just what went wrong. Thank you
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but wanted to touch base with you about Lucy.

Penicillin is a common broad spectrum antibiotic choice for kennel cough and therefore was not unreasonable to use. With regards ***** ***** Dexamethosone, provided it was a low dose (so it acted as an anti-inflammatory not an immune suppressive drug) that too would be reasonable to use to reduce throat inflammation and with it the coughing. So, neither are inappropriate and if she passed away after treatment that suggests she either had an allergic reaction to Penicillin (rare) or she had something more ongoing. With regards ***** ***** latter, we'd be worried that she may have had an underlying pneumonia, possible underlying viral infection, a lung tumor, or lung or heart parasites (depending on the part of the states you are in). Asthma, bronchitis, and heart issues could also cause some of these signs and sudden death as well. Any of these could compromise breathing leading to the gasping/foaming and then blood that was seen as she struggled. To narrow down which did cause this, you may want to consider having an autopsy done. The local vet can do this or you can have her body sent to the local vet lab or closest vet school for vet pathologists to exam. That way we can pinpoint which issue was involved and gain closure for her passing.

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