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    Hi, Has anyone had experience with kennel cough? Laci visits the day care twice a week, she has been vaccinated for it. I stupidly forgot about the other 2 dogs which stay at home and they should have been vaccinated as well. Laci has had a runny nose and now Cooper and Tilly have runny noses, no coughing or hacking just sneezing and runny noses.
    Has anyone treated this with Vitamin C or garlic tablets as I've read are ways of boosting their immune system or is this even kennel cough?
    The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!



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    Kennel cough is exactly what it says - a cough and a very distressing one for humans and dogs alike.

    I would suggest you let the vet check them out as runny noses and sneezing are not side effects that I have seen with Bordatella !

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    ok thanks for the advice.
    The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!



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    Hmmm ! It mentions sneezing so I suppose a runny nose COULD be included but it's strange that there's no cough !

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    Symptoms can include a harsh, dry hacking/coughing, retching, sneezing, snorting, gagging or vomiting in response to light pressing of the trachea or after excitement or exercise. The presence of a fever varies from case to case. The disease can last initially from 10–20 days and can rebreak when the dog is put into a stressful situation which puts stress on the dog's immune system. Diagnosis is made by seeing these symptoms; having a history of exposure is also helpful but not always found, as kennel cough is easily spread through contact with contaminated surfaces such as the ground, toys, and sidewalks.

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    make sure to let the daycare know and keep your boy home - he is a carrier and can bring it to daycare (if he hasn't already).

    you can manage it without going the vet (or give them a call). Also remember the vaccine is like the flu shot - it does not protect against ALL strings of kennel cough.
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    The vet will prescribe an antibiotic after testing them for it.

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    I am unaware of a test for Kennel cough, and the MAIN symptom of KC is COUGHING. If there is no coughing, i doubt you have KC. But you can treat KC with vit C, echinacea, and robitussin DM.

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    I agree, haven't heard of a "test" for KC.

    The antibiotics are only to help combat a secondary infection if ever the dog was to get one. so your call on if you want to give them or not (they don't clear up the KC or anything)
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    Sorry I didn't mean test, just diagnosis.

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