SincereArtisan Posted January 23, 2007 Report Share Posted January 23, 2007 Ok, so here's the deal... Last week or so ago, a couple of the puppies we had taken in from our local shelter came down with kennel cough. Its undoubtedly because they were at the shelter before coming to us, and we spent three days bleaching EVERYTHING, not to mention double-checking that everyone (customers) was UTD on their Bordatella vaccines, which most of them were. Rune had her most recent one a month ago, and Idolon about 3 months ago, so I wasn't worried about them, really. Then, last Weds, I thought I heard one of them cough. Off and on I'd hear one of them cough the next few days...turned out, they were both coughing, and that worried me. And it wasn't *really* coughing...more like a sudden exhale, to clear their throat, like they do if they inhale water, or a piece of food. No inhale, then hack out, which is usually a more promising indicator of kennel cough. Not only that, but I maybe heard them cough 2-3 times a day...and I'm around them a LOT of the day, I'd say at least 22 of the 24 hours I spend with them. So I tried not to be worried... So they've been staying home for the past several days, and taking it very well I might add. Well, the coughing hasn't ceased, and it seems to only occur when they really get worked up...like after running up the stairs, or wrestling, or chasing one another. Also, they didn't do it once all day sunday, and today I didn't hear one until tonight. And, as always, its as if they are clearing their throat. Also, pressing/rubbing/stroking the throat does not make them so much as wheeze, let alone cough, and from what I've heard that is one of the MAIN indicators of bordatella. Also, I might add, that myself, my bf, and his sis have all been a bit sniffly/congested. I considered that the dogs may have what we have, or maybe allergies from the dust stirred up by all the packing since we're preparing to move...Rune's left eye has been gathering more eye gunk than usual, lately, so I thought it could possibly be allergies??? They have not been hacking up any liquid or goo, either. What are the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection? I would have taken them to a vet by now, if it weren't for the fact that I usually have to take off work to do so, and this week they really need me in there because we're short on help. There is just such a long wait when I go to the vet, I know I'll end up sitting in the waiting room for at least 2.5 hours...it IS worth the cheapest prices in town, though. I'm just lookin fo advice here, to see what this sounds like. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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