Cats get fur balls (aka hair balls) caught in their throats don’t they.
cat fur ballIt would appear that Maggie may have a similar problem.
She is fastidious with her cleanliness at the best of times, but when she’s in season, she’s even more so.
Lately, her nose has been going into overdrive on our walks, and she is sniffing everything within range, so it could be something else.

Yesterday, she had a coughing fit as we were about to leave the marina grounds for our walk.
I thought at first she had pulled too hard on the lead, but the usual massage of the throat didn’t seem to improve things, so I went into the ladies and filled a poo bag with water to give her a drink.
As bowls are not usually in my handbag or pocket, bags suffice very nicely (one day a friend and I came out of the ladies with bags of water for our dogs to be asked where the goldfish were).
goldfishYesterday, she would not drink from it and continued to cough, then gagged, but nothing came up.
On our walk though, she didn’t cough very much at all, unless she pulled.

I am familiar with Kennel Cough, and know dogs do not need to have been in kennels to get it.

Courtesy WebMD
Although kennel cough can sound terrible, most of the time it is not a serious condition, and most dogs will recover without treatment.
Dogs “catch” kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. This tract is normally lined with a coating of mucus that traps infectious particles, but there are a number of factors that can weaken this protection and make dogs prone to kennel cough infection, which results in inflammation of the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe)
Kennel cough is contagious. If you think your dog might have the condition, you should keep him away from other animals and contact your veterinarian.

Although most cases of kennel cough will resolve without treatment, medications may speed recovery or minimize symptoms during the course of infection.  These include antibiotics that target Bordetella bacteria and cough medicines.

As with our own, we take Maggie’s health very seriously.
However, taking her to the vet at every sneeze or in this case cough, is expensive.
She is eating and drinking well. She is her usual self in every other respect, and this coughing is not all the time.
However, we are monitoring it and won’t be taking any chances.
Hubby purchased some child’s chesty cough mixture today, and like a child, she refuses to take it.
So I am.
Well, dipping my finger in the syrup and having a lick (yummy….. not), then doing it again and putting my finger in her mouth a few times. She has no choice but to lick her lips, so it’s going in!

The internet says that Kennel Cough can take three weeks or so to clear, but if she’s no better in a couple of days, we’ll take her to the vet.
Keeping her away from other dogs isn’t a problem and a matter of course at the moment anyway!



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Cough

  1. janegundogan says:

    Poor Maggie. A cough from your baby – whether two legs or four – is traumatic. I hope she feels better and doesn’t need to make that pricey trip to the vet.

    • Thanks. We’re using her harness with her lead rather than her collar to take some of the pressure and strain off her throat. She’s been quite happy today though. Hubby came up with a cunning plan of putting a small dose of cough syrup in the bottom of a spare bowl and shredding some ham over the top of it.
      Ha, empty bowl!

      • janegundogan says:

        I had to laugh at her with the cough medicine. When I was a kid I used to love cough medicine. I would sneak into the medicine cabinet to drink it when my mum wasn’t looking (it does explain a few things).

        On the other hand Daughter has to be blackmailed to swallow any. Maybe I should try it with ham next time – oh wait a minute! No ham here!! LOL. I will try it with chocolate. I bet she would swallow it then.

        Feel better Maggie.

      • In my childhood, I liked the taste of Owbridges cough medicine, which incidentally was the only thing for years that actually got rid of any cough I had. They took it off the market yonks ago (something to do with fertility if I remember correctly) and so I opted for Venos. That’s now like hens teeth too.
        Rest assured though, Maggie is welcome to this blackberry concoction a la ham!

  2. scifihammy says:

    My dog caught kennel cough from her dog class mates! As she was young, strong and healthy, I did what you are doing and she was fine again in no time. Good Luck to Maggie 🙂

    • Thanks for the positive comment. Maggie is almost 10, so obviously we are taking great care. She is flaked out on the bench opposite which is her normal position at this time of the day, bless!

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