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Dog First Aid : Tips for Treating Kennel Cough in Dogs

Dog First Aid : Tips for Treating Kennel Cough in Dogs

What do you do if you fear that your dog has
come down with kennel cough? A
common sign of kennel cough is a hacking cough that your dog would exhibit. It sounds almost
like they are trying to clear their throat. A mild case you will have some hacking, throat
clearing action from the dog. You might have a slightly high temperature and you might
have a little bit of lethargy. If the case of kennel cough is more severe, the dog might
actually hack up phlegm. As it is coughing, it is hacking up phlegm. More serious cases
can result in hospitalization for the dog. So how do you manage this? What do you do?
If your dog is coughing and the cough is persistent and it is especially worse at night, one thing
you can do is give your dog cough syrup. So how do you give your dog cough syrup? You can different size syringes; this one
here goes up to 1/2 tablespoon.

61 Replies to “Dog First Aid : Tips for Treating Kennel Cough in Dogs”

  • If it is a light case it will normally heal itself right up, but if it lasts more then 1o days it is best to get him/her to the vet!

  • I said if its a LIGHT case. This is a case that if the vet sees will not give meds for (I have had serval rescued dogs fall onto this). If the case isn't light then the dog might need some meds to help kick it.

  • I never said Robotussin was ok, I believe it is never ok to give dogs meds for humans, no matter how much I hear about it. And don't go attacking me over this, I was just stating what I know, if you don't like it, just don't listen, I never said you HAD to do as I said, that is the great thing about the internet, you can choice to do whatever you like, you are never forced to do anything. People out there just put out their opinions for others to listen to, that is all we do.

  • i just got my dog at the kennel (6 day stay) and it seems like she does have it, BUT, could it also just be a hoarseness from barking constantly, which she also does a lot in that environment?

    the other thing is that i just vaccinated for the kennel cough only 1 week prior, so im wondering if that was enough time (my vet said it was).

    i guess i will wait a week and see.

  • i agree with you it is true what you say same thing we need to do with humans well always run to the doctor for everything and we get carried away…….thats why most of us get sick easily and are very weak

  • All min had the shot less than 6 months ago, my baby girl was kenneled for 3 days while we had company and she returned as a cariier of it and proceeded to give it to my other dogs , sigh , the shot does not always work

  • "help, my dog sounds like he has kennel cough"

    Take your damned dog to the vet then, why are you consulting Youtube?

    Some people shouldn't own pets.

  • 1: My name is not jesus. and it might be a good idea to save that money for college, especially since you spell it "collage."

    2. If your worried about your dog, a vet is quicker. I have an emegency center. 7 numbers on a phone is quicker than typing into Youtube and waiting fpr a response while your dog is choking.

    Unless you know EXACTLY what bit you, again, emergency is the right answer.

    I guess it just matters how much you care about your pet. Asshole….

  • I didn't say getting ideas from youtube was bad, I'm saying that using it as a first response to a health need is irresponsible.

  • I love how you correct her spelling of the word college, then go ahead and say "if your worried" instead of "if you're worried".

  • yes, I agree but sometimes the symptoms can be overlooked bc you dont always realize how serious it can be. I think if you know your animal well, you have an idea when it is overwhelming them, and then a doc visit is due. There are new bugs out there every day, and even with the best care, our buddies can get very sick.

  • my oldest dog is coughing a lot. my mom did give him some cough syrup and i think it stopped for a little bit. so how often and how long should i give him medicine?

  • I took your advice and gave my doggy 1/2 teaspoon(for child under 6), non alcohol Walmart brand cough syrup. He ABSOLUTELY hated it, but the coughing subsided significantly and now, he's not weezing and sleeps through the night! Thank you thank you thank you!!

  • i think my dog has kennel cough, but its not that serious because she don't do that cough that much, but she has been laying around and not acting herself, she don't play but shes happy to go outside

  • @polarbear13000 If you can't afford to put money away for potential vet visits, then you can't afford a dog.

  • @normanmj I didnt say to get rid of the dog – I meant be a responsible human and dont buy a dog in the first place. Same goes for kids – if you cant afford to provide for them, wear a frikkin rubber. There's millions of starving mouths in the world as it is.

  • We adopted a dog for animal control less than a week ago and he had shown symtoms of kennel cough so we took him to the vet yesterday and he recieved medication. What sucks now is that he gave it to our other dog, and she has to go to the vet now too. Kennel cough really sucks 😛

  • my vet told me not to use human medicine on my dog as it could kill him because certain medicines are made for humans and certain medicines are made for animals..dont just use any cough medicine as certain ones contain ibuprofen which could kill a dog or course liver failure..your always better off going to a vet and getting proper advice from someone who knows what there talking about.

  • you need to look up vicbactra plus it will get rid of the cough,It's expensive,But it is worth it.My poodle had kennel cough and now she is cured:)

  • @TheFPSTurtle no they cant die this vid makes it look really bad but its not its like the common cold but in dogs not a big deal

  • I noticed she didn't clarify on the cough syrup. Please! Be very very careful on what cough syrup you give you dog! NEVER give any animal a cough sup-present with the ingredients acetaminophen, paracetamol, caffeine or alcohol. That's bad for them. The ingredient dextromethorphan is OK to use and guiafenesin is safe for dogs. Ive did my own research on this cause my dog had kennel cough. I didn't have any money for vet and I just knew there was away that you could treat them at home. Websites!!!

  • PLEASE don't medicate your pets without first seeking guidance from your veterinarian! Coughing doesn't always mean kennel cough and could actually be something more serious like a blocked airway or heart disease. I know we all like to think we know what's best for our animals but sometimes there's just more to it than what we think!

  • Robitussin DM Clavamox 62.5 Xs 2 a day,if small dog give half that, Cough supressant:Butorphanol, 1mg Xs 2 a day, half that for small dog. or Honey in a syringe, in cheek pouch.

  • your video seems to just stop mid sentence, didnt even say what type of cough medicine or how much for what size or weight


  • My vet recommended Children's Benadryl in liquid form without xylitol twice a day and she also told me to give my puppy a home made warm(nearly room temperature) chicken broth to ease the cough. Now, dosages of the Children's Benadryl is various and it depends on your dog's body weight, so please ask your vet for the right dosage.

    When your dog has Kennel Cough, giving a medicine to your dog is an optional. You don't have to give him medicine. Just feed him right with complete nutrition to boost his immune system and comfort him with your love.

    However, if your dog discharges green colored nose discharge, you need to take him to the vet immediately to get him medically treated.

    Please do not give any over the counter medicines to your dogs!!!!!! It can kill or harm your dogs. Please call a local or your vet for to get some advise on your dog's health issues or research through the trustable sources/personal before giving any medicine to your dogs!

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