Posted : 9/7/2008 4:02:47 PM
Yeah, what Erica said. Don't think vaccinating against kennel cough *prevents* it. It doesn't. Just like with a human flu vaccine -- it completely depends on what strains are used in the vaccine, how the body deals with it and what strains the dog is exposed to. It may help any kennel cough the dog *does* get to be 'less' bad ... or it may not help at all ... or it may actually provide immunity.
Coughing in the morning means there is congestion settling in the chest or lungs during rest -- either from sinus or lung congestion. Could have many originations -- needs vet intervention. The fact that it's in the morning likely simply means there's not a lot of it, but it does settle during inactivity. It's more a quantity thing than a "this or that" thing.
In other words there IS some sort of congestion there during the day but activity is making it so you don't *notice* when the dog gets rid of it.
The increased need to drink is a result of the antibiotic -- and some antibiotics can actually *cause* a urinary tract infection. It's almost like a bad side effect or intolerance of that drug thing.
But for sure, if the dog is taking a double antibiotic then if it were ME I'd be giving a probiotic to help the body cope with the antibiotic. Ask your vet for Forti-flora -- it's available right thru the vet and is a darned good, easy probiotic to give. Just don't give the probiotic at the same time you give the anti-biotic. or the antibiotic will kill the propbiotic before it can do any good.