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    I took my 7 month old male bulldog named Fenway into my vet to be neutered last tuesday. All went well with the neutering but Sunday he got very sick vomiting and difficulty breathing, hacking cough. Took him back to the vet and they said he got Kennel cough while he was at the vets. They had an outbreak. I am so upset. He is currently on an antibotic and cough medicines. Does anyone know how long kennel cough lasts? It is so upsetting to here him cough. Also, would you trust this vet or change vets. They came highly recommeded and the breeder I bought him from has all 4 of her english bulldogs going to them? Suggestions??????? Thanks so much!

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    Did they make you pay for the office visit and antibiotics to cure the kennel cough?

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    My lil gal picked it up about a month and a half ago..Cant figure out where she got it from..It's about a two week treatment with the antibiotics,then it should be fine..I've heard of alot of dogs getting it lately and no one knows where it came from..

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    The vet did not make me pay for the visit or the antibotics. I am so concerned taking him there now. Not sure what i should do? Any suggestions?

    Also, they did say there is a big outbreak of kennel cough going around. I did have fenway vaccinated but they say its not nearly as effective as it should be.

    Fenway is not eating or drinking. With this cough he vomitts so much flem? Is this normal? my vet told me not to worry about this he will drink when he is ready? i am very concerned? Anyone ever been through this?

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    Been through it a couple of times. Pull up the skin on the back of the neck and pinch it. If it does not just flop back down into place, and kind of stays up for a moment, then he could be dehydrated. I would call the vet immediately if this is the case! He will need IV fluids!

    The hacking and phlem I would say is normal for kennel cough, but to what extreme? How many days has your baby been on antibiotics, and what did they prescribe? I sure hope it is clavamox.

    As far as whether or not you should continue to see this vet, well that is a difficult question. Whenever you take your pet to the vet you risk your animal picking something up, especially if they are not protected. I use a mobile vet for this very reason. I also get anything I can from A to Z vet supply that I can do myself. We do all our own shots and deworming, heartguard, ect. --with the exception being rabies. This saves me hundreds of dollars a year in "exam" charges that go with the shots.

    During weather changes when allergens are high, bullies tend to get a weak immune system. If someone brought a puppy they got from a puppy store into the vet (guaranteed kennel cough!) and you came in shortly after with no preventative bordatella shot in your babies immune system, I would say this is not the fault of the vet. Especially if they are not charging you to make it right.

    My main concern is that your baby needs fluids, check the hydration and let us know, if you think there is dehydration, get your bully to the vet asap! And make sure they give a penicillin booster in the IV and you are prescribed Clavamox.
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    if they knew there was a big outbreak going around, why on earth would they not inoculate the dogs that were having surgery and therefore required being kenneled? or at least advise you of the outbreak and leave the decision to inoculate up to you?

    if you felt comfortable enough doing it, i'd tell the vet exactly how you feel. that he/she came highly recommended, but that your trust is shaken after your dog got kennel cough during the first visit. see how he/she reacts and how they do/don't try to regain your trust.
    Last edited by Mugzilla; 05-19-2010 at 01:14 PM.

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    Fenway was vaccinated for kennel cough one month prior to him going to get neurtered. They did not know about the about break until a few days after his surgery. Right around the time he got it. Just my luck.........

    Anway... we just came back from the vets. They hydrated him via IV's. Gave him antibotic shot of Baytril. Also said i could give his cough suppressant every 4 to 5 hrs instead of every 8. They said his throat/trachea is very inflammed. They also gave him something for the inflamtion.

    He is has not vomitted for a few hours and he actually drank some water on his own. Hopefully, this will clear up soon!!!!!!!! Thank you for everyone's advice. This is my first bulldog. I have always owned rotties previously..

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    eeeww.. now I'm nervous.. Chester goes for his neutering in a couple weeks..

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    Glad to hear you got some IV fluids. Please keep us posted on how he is doing!
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    Kenel cough can be from any visit to the Vet...When my lil man went to have a belly button hernia removed (He was only a few months old) he developed kennel cough, i called the vet and they said, oh he is just a lil nauseated, (he was throwing up) give him something to settle his stomach, i tried that for one day and it seemed to be getting worse...I took him in and he had kennel cough and it had developed to pneumonia (sp) I paid for a weeks visit in the vet hospital, all meds (a couple thousand) and in the end they just said, well now he is healthy....I changed vets immediately!!

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    Just an update on Fenway. He is finally starting to feel better. He started drinking water on his own yesterday and eating a bland diet. The cough has also slowed down some and no more vomit. I hope to never ever experience kennel cough again. Thanks for everyone's advice!

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    If you ever experience Kennel Cough again or know someone that does find a vet that treats it with a nebulizer. My pup had a severe case of Kennel Cough when she was around 3 months of age. Before finding "my vet" I took Wimbley in to be seen by 3 different vets. They all prescribed cough medicines and antibiotics each with no success. Finally I contacted the 4th Vet (my vet) and he immediately diagnosed her with a severe case of kennel cough. For a $100 dollar deposit I rented his portable nebulizer and began giving her breathing treatments in her kennel covered with a towel. 3 times a day for 3 days along with an oral antibiotic and it was gone in a flash! within the first 3 treatments there was no more mucus and her appetite was back. This method of treatment was highly effective and he claims his primary method of treatment for this ailment.

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