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Old July 3rd 03, 07:10 AM
seagull
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My chi/terrierX has had a nasty cough for the past couple of days. He's as
lively as ever, and has a huge appetite. The vet said he has no
temperature, so it could be kennel cough or a virus. He's prescribed 2
weeks of antibiotics 'to see how it goes'.

I'm not keen on giving antibiotics unless for an infection, and can't
understand how they could help a virus. As for kennel cough, does it
usually occur without a temperature? And would antibiotics cure it? I
would really appreciate your advice.

BTW, it's a dry, hacking sort of cough. Hard to describe a cough really.


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Old July 3rd 03, 11:34 AM
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"seagull" wrote in message
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My chi/terrierX has had a nasty cough for the past couple of days. He's as
lively as ever, and has a huge appetite. The vet said he has no
temperature, so it could be kennel cough or a virus. He's prescribed 2
weeks of antibiotics 'to see how it goes'.

I'm not keen on giving antibiotics unless for an infection, and can't
understand how they could help a virus. As for kennel cough, does it
usually occur without a temperature? And would antibiotics cure it?


......You could check Vet Merck manual for symptoms and treatment:
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/in.../bc/121617.htm

It says that usually there are no other symptoms than the cough and if fever
or discharge occurs then there are complications such as distemper (in a
puppy) or pneumonia. And no, antibiotics do nothing for a virus, but
they're usually worried about secondary infections which can be bacterial.
Symptoms are supposed to subside within 5 days, so since you have the
antibiotics, you could wait for 5 days and if dog is getting better don't
use them. Conversely if dog shows more symptoms in the next 5 days you
could start them.

buglady
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Old July 4th 03, 02:34 AM
seagull
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Thanks very much, buglady. I've checked out the site, and ti seems to
describe what he's got. As he's perfectly healthy in every other way I
think I will leave the antibiotics for 5 days and see how it goes.

Regds
Kate


"buglady" wrote in message
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"seagull" wrote in message
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My chi/terrierX has had a nasty cough for the past couple of days. He's

as
lively as ever, and has a huge appetite. The vet said he has no
temperature, so it could be kennel cough or a virus. He's prescribed 2
weeks of antibiotics 'to see how it goes'.

I'm not keen on giving antibiotics unless for an infection, and can't
understand how they could help a virus. As for kennel cough, does it
usually occur without a temperature? And would antibiotics cure it?


.....You could check Vet Merck manual for symptoms and treatment:
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/in.../bc/121617.htm

It says that usually there are no other symptoms than the cough and if

fever
or discharge occurs then there are complications such as distemper (in a
puppy) or pneumonia. And no, antibiotics do nothing for a virus, but
they're usually worried about secondary infections which can be bacterial.
Symptoms are supposed to subside within 5 days, so since you have the
antibiotics, you could wait for 5 days and if dog is getting better don't
use them. Conversely if dog shows more symptoms in the next 5 days you
could start them.

buglady
take out the dog before replying




 




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