Oct 24 2010
I waited outside the vets as she is in season and there were a couple of other dogs inside, one of which obviously had a bad case of kennel cough. None of the veterinary nurses inside made any effort to seperate the coughing spaniel from the other dogs or even warn me before I took deedee in for her jabs. I thought it was a pretty contagious illness and steps should be taken to avoid other dogs catching it? Disinfecting floors and surfaces etc.
Upon entering the vets I was told that deedee could not have her booster for another week as the drug was a different brand to the booster she was given a couple of weeks ago at my old vets before we transferred to this vet (closer to home).
So a week later the night before her appointment she starts being sick and hacking, was losing weight, a bit depressed etc.
Took her down the vets for her appointment and straight away both nurses asked if she had been herself and if she had been sick, I said yes. They instantly gave her two injections (Synulox and Rimadyl) and a course of Noroclav 250mg (1 and 1/2 tablets twice daily). On the way out of the vets the dog climbed on the scales and weighed 27k (3 weeks before she weighed 30k).
It has been about a week since her vet visit and she is looking very skinny and a bit depressed, doesn't want to play and is hacking alot especially when excited, sneezing alot with discharge and STILL dripping spots alot.
I looked up the injections on google and they are apparently for respiratory problems.
Bottom line is I believe the vets knew that Deedee had caught the cough from their surgery and are trying to hide it, they gave no mention of kennel cough whatsoever and seemed to instantly know she needed an injection just because she had been sick.
What do you ladies and gents think? I am supposed to report kennel cough aren't I?
Oct 25 2010
I had a notebook,so I could keep track.I guess it's different there.Some of mine were just miserable,for a couple days,till the meds began to work.
Oct 25 2010
Oct 25 2010
Oct 26 2010
Are you in the UK? You dont need to report kennel cough in the UK.
Also why is the vet giving the dog two booster injections? Has she never had vaccinations before? An annual booster is just the one injection. Sometimes if the dog has never had vaccs the vet will start again and do the full course or if its been years from the dog had a booster. I would query that with your vet.
Kennel cough is airborne - she could just as easily have caught it on a daily walk if its in the area as its highly contagious. Having said that if she was in contact with a dog that had it, its possible she got it from that source. Your vet cant really be held responsible for someone bringing a dog to the surgery wiith kennel cough. You could just as easily say it was the other dogs owner that was at fault. Six of one and half dozen of the other type of thing
You mention your dog is in season, most vets will not vaccinate a dog whilst in season so possibly that is a factor why she was not given her vacc. Better to wait until it is cleared up and she is in tip top condition again
If you think she is losing weight and not doing well \not feeling well I would urge you to take her back to the vets. Insist on seeing the vet this time, not just the nurses.
I hope you get her sorted and she is soon back to tip top health - Kennel cough can drag on a bit with some dogs.
Do keep in touch though and let us know how she is. Give her a big hug from us.
Oct 29 2010
Nov 7 2010
KC is the same as a bad cold in people, although some dogs can take badly to it so will need to be seen by the vet.
It is airborne, so even if the owner was in the surgery with his dog in the car, it could still be spread. My girls have caught it twice and they have never been in kennels, they just picked it up locally.
I can't see why your vet was injecting painkillers as well as antibiotics to be honest? A single injection and a week's course of antibiotics would have been good.
The cough is generally worse if you rub their throat and is a good test for KC. They aren't sick as such, they just bring up some spittle after coughing. Weight loss is not a side effect and if she is losing that much, I would be concerned about other things.
Hope she recovered fully, I know I am late in responding to this post!!
Nov 8 2010