05-24-2012 7:29 PM
Poor Alfie. We had to board him out for two nights a couple of weeks ago while we went to St. Louis for a grandson's college graduation and dinner. Yesterday.....after the usual 10 to 12 day incubation period Alfie came down with kennel cough. Now he is getting a dose of cough medicine every 6 hours and some antibiotics to prevent complications. Then we just wait it out. It's caused by an airborne virus which is super contagious. The Dr. called the boarding place and they called me to offer to pay the $76 vet bill and to assure me they are performing a complete disinfectant wash-down. Wish they had done that before Alfie came to visit. He turned his nose up at his breakfast AND his dinner. After a while I just opened a small can of moist dog food and he ate that ok. Got to keep some food in his intestinal tract so we are not awakened in the middle of the night by the roar and grind of his guts. Should show improvement within another 48 hours I was told.
Alfie is current with all his vaccinations but "kennel cough" is pretty much a generic term which covers a whole list of respiratory infections. Some of which they do not have any vaccinations available for. 1st time in 4 years that we've had to board him while we traveled somewhere. He gets along OK with the other dogs during playtime but suffers from separation anxiety so he doesn't play much.....just kind of "hangs out" and watches the other dogs.
05-24-2012 7:35 PM
Bummer. Maybe keeping to himself kept it from being even worse.
05-24-2012 7:41 PM
Would be nice if you could find a pet sitter that you trust; that way he could stay home. I recently read about a flu vaccine for dogs that has finally been proven safe. Maybe that's just something down here? It mentioned that it is strongly recommended for dogs who are boarded, go to dog parks, or just around other dogs.
Give Alfie get well wishes from TX.
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