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    Hi Everyone! I haven't posted in here in a while, but do browse the site from time to time. Well, I'm tired as heck because last night Jackson coughed, and coughed, and coughed, and dry-heaved and I'm a light sleeper....plust I was a little worried about my baby! He started coughing on Saturday and Sunday it seemed to get worse so we took him to an emergency vet clinic. The vet said she thinks it's an upper respitory infection, but when I later got home and spoke to the woman that we got him from (bulldog rescue...has experience with MANY bulldogs) she said it is most likely allergies. He is up-to-date on all shots (included kennel cough) and he hasn't been in close proximity with other dogs recently. The doctor gave us an antibiotic and cough tablets, and our rescue contact told me to also give him benadryl along with the other meds. She also suggested to squirt lemon juice into his throat to clear up the mucus (that was NO easy task by the way!). The vet said that if Jackson doesn't get better w/in two days then take him back to our vet. Another thing is that he's not really eating. I think its because his throat is irritated, but I am worried that he is hungry. He's 77lbs of bulldog...he's gotta eat! What do you guys think about the coughing/hacking/dry-heaving? And how would you suggest that we coerce him to eat? Should we give him some broth or just canned dog food?

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    I don't have any wisdom for you - besides "go the vet" which you've done already. I am sorry this is going on and feel for you! I hope Jackson is better very soon.

    My dogs both adore the "bland diet". I'm glad they can't "fake sick". They like it that much.

    I take one large can of white meat chicken with the juice and mix it with two cups cooked white rice. Served warm. They have a sensitivity to chicken too - but they'll eat this ALWAYS ---- even when feeling really punk.

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    @Vicaroo1000 - thank you for responding! I will try the bland diet with Jackson for his next few meals. I hope he eats!

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    @BrooklynStar sorry I am tagging you a lot.....was this what Dozer was doing????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper11 View Post
    @BrooklynStar sorry I am tagging you a lot.....was this what Dozer was doing????
    Nope, Dozer never had any of that aside from coughing which was from the pnemonia.

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    Poor baby! Yeah he is probably not eating because of his throat. Depending on what kind of canned dog food you get I would stay away from the vet recommended junk! I have had my experience with that and if he has allergies there is so much crap in that you don't want him to have.... I would suggest bland like rice and chicken or rice and beef....Have you had an allergy test done on him yet??? What about giving him some Benedry? If it is an outside allergy witch I would suspect with the caughing and such that it is an allergy to something in the air....At 77 lbs I think you could give him 3 @cowsmom @2BullyMama @Watson if I am wrong on the Bendryl please let them know??? Don't give him 3 until some one else chimes in . Also you could try veggies.... Coop has had tummy issues for the last month and @Twice recommended the veggie diet until I figured out what was wrong and until I got his new dog food. This is the best he has ever looked and felt do to the veggie diet. I was thinking maybe veggies for your bully if his throat is raw or bothering him the veggies might go down smoother since they are softer. You keep all skin on the veggies and boil them. Then you mush them all up and serve. For instance Coop is eating sweet potatoes, red pepper, green pepper, carrots, peas, green beans, all boiled together and mushed together. I was afraid of or runny but Coop has gotten neither of the 2 from the veggies. Wouldn't hurt to try the veggies if he is not eating If you have any questions about it you can ask me or @Twice! Hope your baby starts feeling better!!!

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    Sorry to hear about your little big guy, hope he gets better soon.

    There are many strains of kennel cough and the vaccine only covers a few number of them, so there's still a possibility that he may catch it. Think of it as similar to human colds, there's just so many types! I'm mentioning this because Stig caught the bug when he first attended daycare and coughing and dry heaving were his symptoms, in addition to coughing out phlegm. He got better within a couple of weeks. But he never lost his appetite, that's what's concerning about your guy. Try the bland diet and see if he eats. If not, then I'd take him to your normal vet again for another checkup.

    I also bought a humidifier just for him to help with his throat. Anything to help our babies!
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    Thank you guys so much for all the suggestions! I'm definitely going to cook him up a little meal when I get home this evening. Our rescue contact suggested we make his dry food really soft (water/canned food mixed-in and microwave...we feed him blue buffalo grain-free by the way), which we tried last night, but he didn't eat it. He just sniffed at it and then drank water instead. He did still have a bowel movement though, so at least that's not a problem. So, we shall see if he will eat the bland diet food.

    @Cooper11 - we haven't gotten him an allergy test yet, but we do think he has allergies.

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    @savemejeebus - hopefully if it is some type of respitory infection the antibiotic will knock it out.

    Do you think we should continue to walk him while he's recovering, or limit physical activity?

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    Poor baby and poor Mommy! I'd be worried sick. I've had a cat that didn't eat because she had an irritated throat. $200 later from vet bills! I also would try the bland diet..and slowly reintroduce his kibble back in..if his cough is worse at night..I'd think allergies also. People's coughs get worse at night too. But if it continues for a couple days, I'd go to my regular vet. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveMyBully82 View Post
    Thank you guys so much for all the suggestions! I'm definitely going to cook him up a little meal when I get home this evening. Our rescue contact suggested we make his dry food really soft (water/canned food mixed-in and microwave...we feed him blue buffalo grain-free by the way), which we tried last night, but he didn't eat it. He just sniffed at it and then drank water instead. He did still have a bowel movement though, so at least that's not a problem. So, we shall see if he will eat the bland diet food.

    @Cooper11 - we haven't gotten him an allergy test yet, but we do think he has allergies.
    For benedryl... you can give mg per pound... they are usually 25mg pills so I would start with 2 in the AM with meal and again in the PM and see how he does, if needed give him three after a day or two. As others have said, use the lemon juice and do the bland diet. Give your baby a big hug from us and be sure to keep us posted.
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    My baby isn't eating at all. We hat to force him to come out of his crate just to go outside to use the bathroom. He drank some water and that was it. We made an appointment with our vet for tomorrow morning. With him not eating anything it is extremely difficult to give him the medication. I'm trying to just pray and not worry...please pray for us!

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