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    Westie - cough

    We have a 3 1/2 year old Westie. She acts fine and runs and plays but she has this dry hacking cough. We have had her to the Vet several times for this and he finds nothing wrong - but thinks it might be allergies. He sometimes gives her a shot which calms it down somewhat and we also give her 1/2 benadryl tablet twice a day. Has anyone else ever had a problem like this? She is very active and doesn't act like she is in ill health otherwise.






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    Hi, I was just wondering if it is the kennel cough. Sometime we do not see all the symptoms especially when their a puppy. When I got Max at the SPCA he got the kennel cough from there he was active and playing and eating normal. The first few days we did not know he had a kennel cough I did not know it was that. When I brought him to the first Vet they told me it was Kennel cough. The Vet that diagnosed it gave Max some pills but it did not work at all it made it worst. Since he was prescribing pills that were not strong enough to fight the bacteria. I noticed then that Max was not eating and lots of discharge from him nose and weak. I went to see another Vet he gave Max a better antibiotics and it took several months before Max got better. Maybe if you can get a second opinion from another Vet it may help. I was lucky to see another Vet it does not mean that all Vet makes mistakes sometime they are not aware of all the latest diseases that dogs can get. Did your dog get the bordetella vaccination? Here is a link that may help you see if your dog has those symptoms, Kennel cough - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I really hope your dog feels better and they find a fast solution.





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    Yes she did have the bordetella vaccination - but I think it is time to get a second opinion. Thanks for your suggestion. She acts fine otherwise, but it has to be annoying her to keep "hacking" this way.





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    When I read your post I had to respond. I just lost my dog two weeks ago. She had a cough and breathing problems. I had taken her to the vet at least 5 times in the past year and a half and they said she was fine, just had allergies, give her a benadryl twice a day. So, I did. Unfortunately, she ended up having an enlarged heart and her lungs were full of fluid. Within 3 hours of taking her in she was gone. I do not want this to happen to anyone else, it was devestating and she was so far gone they could not help her. Have your dog checked, ask for an x-ray, be persistent. I had my other dog checked and he has the same problem. They are King Charles Cavaliers who have a tendency to have heart problems but no one ever told me they did. Simon is now on medication and he is going great! If I hadn't lost his sister I would not have had him checked. I realize now that they both have had this problem for most of their lives. I don't mean to scare you with this post but wanted to share my story. Good luck.





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    My 2 dogs got kennel cough while sitting in a waiting room at the vet.2 days later they said they need to do bloodwork to see if it was kennel cough,I took to another vet and they did no bloodwork but said yes ....both had kennel cough and asked WHY did the other vet need to do bloodwork to see if it was or not.so.....not sure about those vets.its also not safe to get a dogs shots yearly cause they last longer than your vet tells you. a rabie shot is effective up to 3 yrs and too much yearly shots messed my 9 yr old westie up with the autoimmunity system.gave a very low platelet count and she even bleed from the mouth after we left the stupid vet.costed toooooo much money to run to ER but thats what you gotta do some time.her immune system is shot to hell from OVER vaccinating her.no more shots for her,and now after all that past she was diagnosed with brain cancer and 3-6 months to live after spending 3,500.00 on a MRI and aultrasound TESTS.no treatments. shes going into her 5th month and is doing unbelieveable great. yvonne





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    This is probably not your dog's problem, but I think all owners of small dogs should be aware of a condition they are prone to and that is a collapsing trachea. My toy poodle had it. He coughed for quite some time and at times it sounded like he was gagging/choking. Because of his age and several other health issues there was not much we could do for him. Sadly, 2 weeks ago we had to put him down due to all the health issues. He was 15 years old.





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    Owners of small dogs should be walking their dogs in some type of a harness and not a collar. ajk0207....what do you walk your dog in? I am not a Vet, but know that walking small dogs in a collar could lead to trachea problems. Harnesses are much better for little dogs who have more delicate necks and who could otherwise really suffer if they were wearing a standard collar and then pulled on the leash. A harness fits around the body and distribute the pressure evenly.





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