My 1 y/o American Bull has suddenly come up with a terrible sounding and looking cough. He's a strictly outdoor pooch with one bud (our 2 y/o Blue Heeler) outside with him. We have to keep them both chained on a trolley because they have been getting to the chickens and the elder one chases cars. My boy broke his trolley line and we had to re-rig it, but it has some slack it it now. The other dog is on a trolley that runs in a different direction. However they can meet and play by the food and water dishes. They have gotten tangled a few times but I thought I'd fixed it. Last night, he got wrapped around again, but not as badly as he has before. In addition, because we live on 40 acres of woods, there are plenty of animals to get their attention and they also bark at passing cars (few, but still) so they bark quite a bit. This morning, Boots started gagging, (now I know it is coughing) and hacking. I took him off the lead and let him free range. He's definitely coughing less, but when he does, my heart breaks. I've been looking for information and come across "Kennel Cough" as a possibility. We did the "test" and sure enough, he coughed. Now What?!?!? Ds is clearing the laundry room so we can bring him inside and let him rest. This way we can remove his collar and keep him warm and calm. Plus, he smells really bad. I'm sure it is unrelated, but even after a good bath, PU! Does anyone have any advice for my poor baby. I'd take him to the Dr., but it is Sunday in a small town. And I'm a teacher so, I can't easily take the day off tomorrow. Is it possible safe to give him Robitussin or something? I had a dog years ago who got sore muscles from swimming and Dr. told us to give him an Ecotrin Asprin. Just hoping for something. Tomorrow, he must go back outside and I'm worried about him.