The vet said he may not have propper immunity and that kennel cough is going around our area right now. He doesn't get out much where other dogs are but I do walk him around the neighbourhood, our farmer's market (not in the last couple weeks) and have taken him to the local pet store (but he met no other dogs there). This was on the OK of my vet. He has not met any dogs other than mine. How worried should I be? Has anybody's puppy ever had a cough before? Not constant cough, just cute little coughs. Am at work and cannot get home till 4:30... left him with lots of water and toys in our kitchen (usual puppy room). Are there any warning signs I should look out for?
|puppies are resilient buggers. Yes, he may have a bit of kennel cough but think of that as a doggie cold or slight flu. If the problem is viral, nothing you can do anyway but wait it out. If bacterial, then's when the meds come in. |
One thought, if it doesn't clear up.....well, vet could need a stethescope and a good ear to pick up a problem in the heart. A cardiac problem also produces coughs, but 99.99% chance your pup has a "cold" or what my vet calls the upper resiratory crud.
|Got home, he seems to be ok. Still a little sleepy, he ate but not all of his food but I think I may be over feeding him and he isn't as piggy as our other dog. He is currently zooming around my living room with a cardboard box (his new favorite toy) and he was chasing the cat earlier. Although he isn't as energetic as he normally is he is not lethargic by any stretch of the imagination.|
|If he picked up kennel cough, keep an eye on him. He is a small puppy and their immune system is not up to par. Kennel cough is not life threatening but can go into pnemonia if not treated in those who have an immature immune system. Keep an eye on him and hopefully he is over it!|
Are you sure he was "coughing"? Maybe he just had something caught in his throat and was clearing it out? Hope he feels better!
|I think it was a cough, it sounded heavy like he was coughing up gunk. I was worried because of how nasty it sounded but since I have been home he has only coughed once and that was after dunking his entire head in the waterr bowl. He had so much energy that we had to take him on a longer walk today. Even after a 40 minute walk he is currently zooming around the living room, launching himself off of the furniture and bouncing around with his toys. Something tells me he is feeling more like himself (every day around this time he decides to race around the house like a sheepie tornado and harass every person, animal and piece of furniture he can find,). He is still not eating as much as he usually does, but that could be the heat we had today.|
I will still keep a close eye on him because when he was coughing it sounded terrible. When I was in high school my family lost 2 dogs and a cat to blastomycosis; I know that a seemingly innocent cough can be a sign of something serious or deadly. But it can also just be a cough. He has no growths or lesions. We have avoided all of the possible areas that our other animals could have contracted the fungal infection, scariest health problem ever so I doubt that's what sheepie has. Unless he has been taking trips out Ontario without my knowledge. it just brought back some bad memories this morning!
Thanks for the replies, I am sure I sound like a paranoid puppy owner. He's just too cute and I want to make sure I look after him!
|Puppy zoomies are a great sign!|
|Blasto is awful. Our friend's lab had it, and pulled through, thank God. |
Also, a woman I worked with contracted it on a vacation. They were treating her for pneumonia, and she was in the hospital, without much time left, until another friend read an article about blasto being found where she had recently vacationed. That article saved her life.
As far as Leonard is concerned, hopefully it was a virus, and he's on the mend. Love the puppy zoomies!
Laurie and Oscar
|Our pooch just got over kennel cough. His symptoms started with dry heaving- like he had something in his tummy he was trying to throw up. But nothing ever came up- I was worried about a blockage as he has a tendency to think undies and socks are edible treats. The dry heaving turned into a rough cough/vomit noise combination on day 2. His trachea was inflamed and it was causing the symptoms. An anti-cough med worked fabulously on the 1st day of treatment. An antibiotic has cleared his infection.|
Keep in contact with your vet. Best wishes with Leonard. He is a cutie pie.
|We lost our yorkie and golden retriever to blasto. The yorkie started with a cough\refusing food; was treated for kennel cough and a bunch of other things before the vet clued into what it was. The retriever had lumps on her legs that would literally explode and she had trouble walking. They were both treated, the Yorkie didnt make it. The retriever did. But then it came back with a vengence. Exposed on a weekend trip to my aunt's cabin. Scary. Now I research areas I bring my dogs to to make sure it isn't a "hot spot". Its so creepy because it presents as so many things and most vets have never heard of it.|
Leonard still seemed fine this morning, jumping up and giving me cold wet nose bumps to the face to wake me up. He ate most of his food and chased the cat around. Lots of bum wiggling going on so his regular enthusiasm for life seems intact. Somebody will be in to check in him today though so I can not worry all day at work.
|Sounds like he is well on the mend And by the way, there is no such thing as an over paranoid puppy owner! Its great to see people who really care about their animals!|
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