Q. My 14 week old pug female has had a slight cough since having her kennel cough stuff thru her nose but has been off her food for four days now usuall
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Although kennel cough might cause a mild decrease in appetite - if she has it, which I agree does happen rarely after getting the vaccine - I wouldn't expect it to cause her to turn down food for 4 days. I would recommend another visit to the vet to determine what's causing the appetite loss. There could be something else totally unrelated going on.
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. There is a possibility she contracted kennel cough right before she got vaccinated. It take 7-10 days for pets to start showing symptoms of kennel cough after getting exposed to it and the vaccine does not protect 100% from getting sick from it. I would take her back to the vet for potential antibiotics if they confirm the suspicion of kennel cough infection.