So long time stalker - first time poster!
late last night my beautiful dog started coughing - a heaving dry horrible cough which ends in a little retch. After panicking initially that he was choking - he calmed down and we fed him a small meal, which he ate and didn't throw up. He coughed through the night though - we were up at all hours, nearly took him to the vet emergency room but somehow got through the night.
Rang the vet first thing this morning and took him in (through a side entrance straight into a consult room) - and he has been diagnosed with kennel cough! Poor dog, he has a temperature but seems fine (no lethargy or anything else apart from the cough)
Vet has put him on antibiotics as a precaution. He is vaccinated so that should help him fight it.
So no comes the tough part - no going outside for two weeks!!!!!!! How on earth are we going to manage that!! There is zero chance of me breaking the quarantine, the thought of another dog getting this awful cough is too much. We have a small backyard but the neighbours have an old dog and they go nose to nose through the fence so don't want him to get it as well ( even though it may already be too late for that)
Anyone got any suggestions for keeping him entertained? Also, he goes every night to an off lead park, should I go down (obviously without Cooper) and warn the other dog owners? Let them know?
I'm being super cautious, changing shoes when I go outside etc. Any other precautions I should take? My heart is just breaking for him! And it's only day one!!!!!!!! I'm lucky that it is uni holidays so I can be home with him as much as possible, but he's a 12month old Kelpie cross with lots of energy. He normally gets walks + two hours offleash time everyday! The cough/temperature has made no change to his energy levels!
Normally when I go out - he gets put in the garden. So now we can't do that, and combined with no walks my house is going to get trashed! I'm thinking about confining him to our bathroom when I'm not here - turning it into a big comfy dog pen for him. Do you think that's ok? We'd only be talking a couple of hours at an absolute MAX. We've got an endless supply of kongs and chew toys but he's never been crate trained so It might be distressing for him.
Argh my poor little Coopster - it's going to be a tough couple of weeks.
If you've made it this far thanks for reading! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Luci (& Cooper)
P.S Anyone know if a cat can get kennel cough from a dog? Vet said no - but internet gives conflicting advise.