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My golden retriever started coughing periodically yesterday.

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My golden retriever started coughing periodically yesterday. He has not been boarded recently, although there is a neighbor that frequently stops by. He acts normal otherwise. Is this kennel cough? If so what are the treatment options?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Charlie age 4
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Charlie?
Customer: No acting normal. Eating and drinking fine
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 10 months ago.

Hello and thank you for using this site to help you. IF it is kennel cough then usually nothing is done unless it turns into a bacterial lung infection. Then antibiotics are given. Kennel cough is equivalent in a sense to a human cold and your Vet will likely let it run its course. You can give an over the counter cough suppressant with kennel cough and I will direct you to dosing for this below.

Of course coughing can also be due to a heat problem or heart worm so if you feel it is getting better over time you will want to see your vet.

Here is more on Kennel cough http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/infection/infectious-tracheobronchitis-kennel-cough-in-dogs

Robitussin DM dosing http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/dextromethorphan-robitussin-dm

And here are other reasons for coughing to be concerned about

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/symptoms/chronic-coughing-in-dogs

I do see that this breed is prone to Laryngeal Paresis

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/lungs-airways-chest/laryngeal-paresis-and-paralysis