On Thursday last week I went to our local Dog Pound and I have adopted a wire haried terrier/begale mix. She was estimated to be 6 months old maybe they did not know for sure. She is only 13 pounds and skinny. When I adopted her Thursday she had just been spayed on wednesday, She has had this little cough that sounds like she has a hair ball in her throat, but she does not do this all of the time. She has had some pretty strange eating schedule she willnot eat until late at night. today her stool has went from normal looking movement to loose to now runny diahara (sp) and it looked earlier to have had some red in it now it looks like there might be more. Does anyone know what could possible be wrong with her??? I know I need to take her to a vet but I cant til tomorrow I have not seen a vet yet with her since I have only had her for 3 days and she had just recieved all of her shots at the dog pund when they spayed her thanks
no but as you see the time in which i wrote my note it was very late on a sunday night. I am taking her today I was just wondering if anyone could help give me a clue to what may be wrong. We are not a family with a lot of money and I dont know what we may be getting into.
I agree, kennel cough no doubt. Also like the above poster said, the stress of a new surrounding and new food will cause diarreah. Could be Guarida or coccidia. Canned plain Pumpkin is a good remedy for both the runs and constipation. But you should have a free vet visit, just whatever prescriptions you will need , you will need to pay for.
It sounds like kennel cough. Kennel cough usually goes away on it's on. To make the dog feel better give him robitussin. The diarrhea can be due to rapid change in food. If you change a dog's food it needs to be done gradually. Diarrhea can also be caused by change in environment, the dog is scared and new to his surroundings. It's very common. Give the dog immodium. People meds can be administered to dogs just ask your vet. It's cheap and effective.
The cough could be from the surgery if there was a breathing tube down the throat. The loose bowels could be from the stress of the different placements & food change. I'd not worry too much about the eating time...my crazy dog eats at different times throughout the week. Let us know what you find out....
If it is kennel cough, it does not go away on its own and can be dangerous in pups if not taken care of,(our Cody had Kennel cough when he was just a pup) hopefully by this time you have had her to the vets and know exactly what you are dealing with, if not please get her to one asap!
As for the eating, I agree, it could be that they feed the dogs late at the pound, as for her loose stools could be due to the excitement of a new home, different food those things will probably be ok after you have her a while and she gets used to her new home but when you have her at the vets just check with him/her.
Hope things go well at the vet... Please let us know.
As far as the cough, I agree with everyone, it sounds like a simple case of kennel cough (bordetella) - this is very common for dogs to catch in shelters. A course of antibiotics may be given, but really only puts the owner at ease, not the dog. Robitussin works well to keep the cough at bay. It will go away on its own in a week or two.
Eating at night... that is most likely when it was fed at the shelter. It is quiter then and people aren't at the shelter "shopping" to disturb them. My dogs all eat in the evening because it is cooler. They know to start getting antsy around 7pm.
The runs could be one or a combo of things. Mostlikely it is from changing the dogs food from what the shelter was feeding to what you are feeding. When changing, always mix the two for several days to acclimate the dog to the new food. It may have picked up a bacterial or viral infecton at the shelter, it could be from the stress of the surgery or most likely from the stress of getting a new home. Not all stress is bad, when you get excited, I bet your tummy acts up too.
The only thing you may need to worry about is Parvo, but that will come on quickly and like a ton of bricks!
Kennel Cough in dogs will stimulate a coarse, dry, hacking cough. The signs of Canine Cough usually will last from 7 to 21 days and can be very annoying for the dog and the dog's owners. Life threatening cases of Kennel Cough are extremely rare and a vast majority of dogs that acquire the infection will recover on their own with no medication. Cough suppressants and occasionally antibiotics are the usual treatment selections.
I use robitussin and have used it for many years. I haven't lost a dog yet to kennel cough. Although I am sure there are exceptions.
Kennel cough does go away on its own. Mollie caught it from the dog park. It is quite annoying because they are constantly coughing and hacking up phlegm. Its nasty. Its a virus, so there is really nothing you can do about it, but let it run its course. It is just like a human cold. If the problem does get worse, its is best to go to a vet, because there may be more problems than kennel cough.
It was my understanding that Kennel Cough does not go away on its own and that it can turn into pnuemonia specially in pups and that could be very dangerous for them and I would not want to take that chance, if after taking my pet to the vet and they said to do nothing then I would. Sorry if I misunderstood what the ER vet was telling me when Cody had this as a pup, but I would rather error on the side of caution then end up with possibly a very, very sick dog or worse yet no dog at all.
***Edited By: Codys mom on 9/19/2006 8:43:28 PM*** Reason: .
Codys mom. Yes it can lead to pneumonia, but MOST cases are done in just 3-5 days. If it lasts any longer than that it is best to go to the vet and see if antibiotics can be prescribed. But usually it goes away on its own.
bordatella is a virus. and the only thing kills a virus is anti-bodies which they need to be present before the dog gets sick, through vaccine or an already stimulated immune system. So bordatella does go away by itself. it is similar to the common cold for a dog. The thing that concerns me about this dog. is the loose bloody stool. Does the stool stink? i mean bad, like gag you. the bordatella is harmeless but coupled with other viruses it could be a huge problem...vet!
Baxter had kennel cough when we brought him home too. The nasty place we got him from had him on meds, a call to my own vet and my vet said to continue with the meds, if he got worse or it continued after the meds, to give them a call back and they'd see him. Vaccines were put on hold until he was healthy. My vet also told me that Kennel cough is to a dog, what a regular cold is to us, yes it CAN turn into plnuemonia, but usually doesnt. Baxter was coughing up white foamy gunk. He recovered just fine. :)
With the stress the dog goes thru with K.C. I will always get meds for my dogs. Its just not worth it to have them go thru all that. Once anti-biotics are started, symtoms start getting better. The cough takes a few weeks to go away.
Robitussin stops the coughing and makes the dog drowsy. They sleep a lot better with robitussin. The blood present in the stool makes me worry a little but it can also be because the anus is irritated from the diarrhea. I would not rush to the emergency vet but it's also good to have your new dog seen and examined.