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5 month english bulldog has had phlegm cough on and off for

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5 month english bulldog has had phlegm cough on and off for past 4 weeks. He has been on 3 different antibiotics to treat (doxycycline, xeden and sepvapulmyl), but the cough always returns. The cough is at its worst in the morning -- he coughs up some foXXXXX XXXXX phlegm. And his breathing sounds a but raspy. But, his energy levels are normal as is his appetite. The doctor mentioned that it may be "kennel cough" but shouldn't it have cleared up by now? I hate to take him back to the doctor just to have more meds prescribed but perhaps this is all that can be done? Or, do you think that there could be another problem (obstruction, more serious illness, etc.)? Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks!

p.s., Also wondering if this could be related to a food allergy? He is on Taste of the Wild (grain free, generally well accepted by Bulldogs), but I have noticed that he has been scratching a bit more and his white sections of his skin are a bit more red. 

Hi Jacustomer-cvyxjci7~



Does his itching seem worse now that summer is upon us?

Is there corn in his food?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hi. His itching is worse now (last 2-3 weeks) but we have only had him for over a month, so hard to know if this is truly increasing or his usual. The skin is definitely more red now than when he first came home. After we got him, we switched him to a grain free food (Taste of the WIld) b/c I read that corn and wheat are typical allergans (he was on Eukanuba). Our vet did not like it and asked us to switch to Royal Canin for digestion & skin but I am apprehensive as both corn and wheat are ingredients. Hard to believe that his food could be causing the problems as the ingredients are all very good (and popular with english bulldog families), but now I just don't know. Could it be an external allergy (pollen, grasses, etc.)? It seems like his cough and face redness could be related, especially given that his cough has not gone away after 3 different meds. What do you think?

As the owner of 2 allergy dogs myself, I can completely understand your frustration and wanting to figure out what is making your little bully so miserable.


Because he is a bulldog, who as a breed are prone to allergies, I think the absolute best thing you can do is to ask your vet to do a VARL test (you can read more here: ). This is an allergy test that will tell you, without doubt, what he's allergic to, and then you can work to eliminate that from his world.


Unfortunately, my dogs both ended up being allergic to grass...luckily though we live in northern MN where we have snow on the ground 6 months out of the year.


Once you get the allergens identified, you can get him on a medication such as Temaril P or Atopica which will help his symptoms and make him more comfortable.


In the meantime, here are some 'home remedies' that I've found that really seem to help make my guys more comfortable:


*For some itches, we suggest soaking in a baking soda bath. Adding 1 cup of baking soda to a tub of warm water and then soaking 30-60 minutes. Take dog out and let them air dry (this works best if done outside or in an area where there isn't carpeting as wet dogs drip...a lot). Local itches can be covered with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.


*Oatmeal is an old favorite. Adding 1-2 cups of finely ground oatmeal to a warm bath sometimes can calm even the most irritating of itches. Just make sure the water isn't too hot, or you'll have breakfast for a week in your tub!


*Lots of folk remedies call for using lemon to help with itching. They contain anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce itching. If nothing else, your dog will smell good!


*Splashing the affected skin with basil tea can help reduce itching as well. Basil contains large amounts of a substance called 'eugenol', which is a topical anesthetic. To make the tea, place 1/2 ounce of dried basil leaves in a 1 pint jar of boiling water. Keep it covered to prevent the escape of eugenol into the air. Allow to cool, then dip a clean cloth into the tea and apply to itchy skin as often as needed.


*Mint tea works about the same way, except the anti-itch property is menthol, not eugenol. To make the mint tea add 1 ounce dried mint leaves to 1 pint of boiling water. Cover and allow to cool. Strain the leaves out and then dip the clean cloth in the tea and apply to the itchy areas.


*If you're saving the basil for spaghetti sauce and the mint & lemons for a glass of lemonade, you can use thyme tea. Once again use 1/2 ounce dried thyme leaves and 1 pint of boiling water. Cover and cool. Strain and use clean cloth to apply to affected areas.


I hope this helps!!

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