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Week old kennel cough that transformed in to a gurgle this

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week old kennel cough that transformed in to a gurgle this morning. Two year old healthy border collie.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the Border collie's name and age?
Customer: Mobes, two years old.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Mobes?
Customer: no, just a gurgling kennel cough. No discharge or fever
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

What treatment, if any, has Mobes been on for the last week?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No treatment, just monitoring his energy and appetite, which has been normal. I am concerned the new gurgle may indicate a secondary bacterial lung infection. Should he be treated with antibiotics? I have Keflex.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

He should. I have not observed much efficacy from keflex when used for kennel cough as it seems to be more ideal for skin problems. I would recommend not only an exam, but chest x-rays to be sure this has not progressed into pneumonia, which is not uncommon with kennel cough. Azithromycin or Doxycycline are my two favorite antibiotics when it comes to effective treatment of secondary infections due to kennel cough. Your vet may also recommend a prescription cough suppressant.

Failing this, you can find the dosage here for Keflex and it should be given for at least 5 days following the resolution of symptoms. Some dogs require as much as 21 days of medication.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Checking in, JA Customer. How is your companion doing?