My gorgeous boy (4 year old lab) started coughing this morning. At first I thought he'd got something stuck in his throat. He'll sound fine for a while then he'll do this awful croupy gagging for a few minutes, then he'll settle again. My DCs are a bit stressed by it as it sounds awful. But he's well in himself, wet nose and no loss of appetite. All he has brought up are a couple of bits of white "spit".
He had kennel cough jab in the summer before he went to his doggie holiday lady. So could this be kennel cough?
Is there anything I can do for him? Do you think I should take him to the vets tomorrow?
Are you sure he had the KC vaccine as it's not a jab bug a nasal spray , or it is where we are . The KC vaccine only covers certain strains so they can still catch it . Mine is very susceptible and gets it at least every 12-18 months , even though he doesn't really mingle and never goes near a kennel . I always get him the vaccine in the hope that it will only be a mild case when he gets it . We give ours baby tixylix , he loves it and is very good at slurping it off the spoon . Hope your dog feels better soon .
Our jrt got very bad kennel cough despite being vaccinated. There are many different strains of kennel cough apparently. It's a bit like being vaccinated against flu I think, no guarantee you won't get flu, just not the one you were vaccinated for. It sounds dreadful, doesn't it - just like they are choking on something.
There is not usually any need for antibiotics , so if you are sure what it is and the dog seems well aside from the cough you don't need to dash to the vets this morning , I'd call them and ask if they want to see him . Mine needed extended antibiotics as a pup but he came to us a Battersea pup with the Battersea strain and unfortunately now has tracheal issues due to it , but that is not common .
Thanks for your replies. He is coughing less often today but still sounds awful. However I haven't taken him to the vet as he's so well in himself. Eating, happy, wanted to go for a walk. He didn't even cough once outside - maybe the fresh air helped?! That's what used to happen when my DS got croup when he was little!
Our lab is a lot older than yours but he was coughing a lot. We took him who to the vet who thought it might be kennel cough and they prescribed antibiotics, sadly tests have revealed it's actual lung cancer so definitely get the vet to check