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    Dio's mama is offline Senior Member
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    Dio started horking up phlegm last night and is still doing it. He doesn't have a runny nose or eyes, still has a great appetit and play drive. I researched it on the web and I think that he just has a cold. My question: should I bother taking him to the vet? Should I wait to see if his symptoms get worse?

    I hope that it's nothing serious...
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    Could it be kennel cough? Does he have a "honking" sound when coughing?

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    He's not honking, just trying to get phlegm out of his throat... Everytime he runs or jumps, he spends the next minute horking a loogie.
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    yes you should take him to the vet - dogs don't get colds and coughs like we do

    I'd at the very least worry about secondary infections
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    Sounds like kennel cough.

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    Even if he was vaccinated? Can he get it from the off-leash park?

    I am taking him to the vet tomorrow (Monday), since I need to make sure.

    Thank you all for your advice.
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    The "Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook," 4th edition, (c) 2007, by Eldredge, Carlson, et alia, says:

    Diagnosing a Cough

    The type of cough often suggest the diagnosis:

    - A deep, dry hacking cough made worse by exercise or excitement is characteristic of kennel cough.-

    - A moist, bubbling cough indicates fluid or phlegm in the lungs and suggests pneumonia.

    - A high, weak, gagging cough, followed by swallowing and licking the lips is characteristic of tonsillitis and sore throat.

    - A "goose honk" cough in a toy breed dog indicates a collapsing trachea....


    The diagnostic workup of a dog with a chronic cough includes a chest X-ray and transtracheal washings....

    Bronchoscopy is particularly useful in the investigation of chronic coughs and coughs with the production of mucus and blood. The procedure requires sedation or general anesthesia....

    quotes from page 319.

    This book is as cheap as USD $21 + $3 S&H from Amazon. Every dog owner should have one to refer to about their dog's symptoms.

    Read readers' reviews and comments at: Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook



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    A vaccination for Kennel Cough will not cover all strains. Why many people opt not to get that vaccine at all.
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    A vaccination for Kennel Cough will not cover all strains....
    ^ ^ What BigBrownDog said.

    Also read this: Kennel Cough

    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

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    Well, you all were right! Dio has kennel cough. I called his daycare and let them know and he is basically under house arrest until his symptoms all disappear. We can go for walks with his Halti, but I'm worried about running into dogs... not sure if I should take him out?
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