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Q. My dog has a cough will a vaccination for kennel cough cure and protect her health?

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. If Kennel Cough is confirmed, giving the vaccination can sometimes treat the viral infection and make it better quicker.

Answered By
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

A. A cough in a 10 year old dog will make me immediately think of a heart condition. Olderr dogs frequently suffer from congestive heart failure, and especially poodles do so. A kennel cough vaccination will not alleviate the cough, even if it is just a respiratory infection. I strongly suggest that you take her to your vet who will check out heart and lungs and possibly also do a heartworm test. If caught early congestive heart failure can be treated and your dog's life will have better quality and can be prolonged.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. If her cough is caused by an infection with the viruses and/or bacteria that cause "kennel cough" a vaccine given after infection will not cure her. It may protect her from getting infected later, but not at this point. Her cough could be from a number of different causes, other than kennel cough, including heart disease, bronchitis, pneumonia, and a collapsing trachea. Your vet can help you figure out exactly what's causing it and how to treat it.


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