View Full Version : Childrens cough medicine/Is this ok to do?????

25th November 2007, 05:53 PM

My new puppy has got a cough and is rattling quite a bit, he's on antibiotics but the breeder said to me that I could give him a little bit of childrens cough medicine to ease it!!!

Is this ok to do? I've never heard this before and just wanted to check it out on here first!

Thanks everyone

25th November 2007, 06:34 PM
I would wait and ask my vet. I have never heard of anyone giving it to dogs.
But maybe someone here has better advice.

Harry & Heidi's mom
25th November 2007, 07:10 PM
i gave Harry calpol when he was castrated, 2.5mg i was told by my vet that this was safe to do. not sure about cough syrup, tho harry hates the smell from mark's lol

25th November 2007, 07:39 PM
When my friends dog got kennel cough she was told to give him some cough medicine by the vet. Wasnt told to give him childrens just normal.

25th November 2007, 08:23 PM
I have used Children's Benylin on my dogs with coughs, but I wouldn't on a very young puppy without vet's advice.

25th November 2007, 08:36 PM
my sister gives her dogs benylin , very messy though.

I had a very bad cough myself last week & read somewhere that its best to avoid cough medicine if you have a chest infection because you are supressing the body's ability to clear your lungs

26th November 2007, 01:11 AM
According to latest reports,cough medicine doesn't even work on people.

26th November 2007, 06:18 AM
You need to get a vet to investigate why your dog has a cough. This is not something that should be simply guessed at, and in fact to use a cough suppressant is some types of cough is dangerous.

There are two different types of cough medicines. Some that suppress a cough (a suppressant), for dry tickly throat and some that decongest (an expectorant). The latter does not actually suppress the cough but instead helps the afflicted person/animal cough up the nasty stuff.

It is dangerous to suppress a cough if it is classed as "productive". To do so can lead to pneumonia. As you have described your dog's cough as "rattly" it is likely that it is productive, and you most definitely don't want to use a suppressant.

Get your vet to advise you. :-)

26th November 2007, 07:57 AM
Thanks everyone,

Just to say we havn't given him any we're gonna wait and see what the vet says, hopefully we can get him in today?

26th November 2007, 03:55 PM
It sounds like kennel cough which definitely needs vet attention as in a puppy, it can swiftly turn into pneumonia -- but it sounds like your vet has seen this pup already?

You can give cough syrup to help make the dog or pup more comfortable but definitely OK this with your vet. If you have been seeing a vet already about the cough, you can probably just call in and ask about using cough syrup and how much to give -- you probably wouldn't need an actual appointment.