We picked up Sam from the pound about three weeks ago; he's six months old and has been hacking a lot and has a lot of mucus around his nose.* We've taken him to the vet where they've taken X-Rays on his second visit. The vet upgraded his antibiotics; he's been on antibiotics for roughly two and a half weeks.
In a roundabout way, the vet said that they can't determine exactly what's wrong with him. Initially, the vet mentioned "a bad case of kennel cough"; now it's a "slight case of pneumonia."* Although they can't determine if it's viral or bacterial.* On our end, we suggested vapor, which the vet agreed to.* We've done that the last couple of days.* We've also virtually sterilized the house.
He still has spurts of energy with commensurate amounts of mischief. * He eats regularly, but sleeps a lot. So that's at least a good sign.
We're considering taking him to another vet, if he doesn't start to show signs of improvement.
If anyone has any ideas, we'd really appreciate your input.* .
kennel cough or even pnenomia can last for a couple of months to some degree. Let the meds run out and let it run it's course. Animal shelters are notorious for festering kennel cough in a large population. I don't usually medicate with drugs for KC. If you are worried about the coughing, you can give some robotussin to control that.
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Thanks, Dani! We'll continue to do so.
Just curious, but was this dog sick when you picked him out at the pound or did he get sick after you had him home for 3 weeks?
When we picked him out he didn't appear to be sick. We picked him up the day after he was neutered; that very same day we noticed his hack cough, which was sporadic. I don't remember seeing a mucus build up (around his nose) until a couple of days after we picked him up. Since he's been on antibiotics, he's become more energetic. We're not sure if he's more energetic due to his increasing familiarity of his new surroundings and appreciation of us, or the antibiotics.
His breathing/hack becomes labored at times. For instance, he was laying on his back, sleeping, when he started a really bad cough. It was so bad that I picked him up and turned him over. Have you experienced this?