I was at the humane society recently, and picked up a 8 week old female Rotty mix. For a while, I wanted a full bred Rotty pup that I knew wasnt going to have health problems.. But it was really hard to walk in there and come out empty handed. I felt so bad for these dogs that day for some reason.
Well she came home with kennel cough, and it was horrible so I got a few meds for her. Its been 3 days and the cough is still bad. Should I worry?
Next thing that worries me is that she was spayed already. Shes stitched up, so I know it was pretty recent. There was no record of her so they couldnt tell me any details. I always thought they had to be a few months old. Is 8 weeks too young?
8 weeks is young - especially for a larger breed but most shelters ONLY adopt out altered dogs. So yeah, it's young but I don't think that you have anything to worry about. Just keep her clean and rested until she's all healed up.
Your dog will recover from both, just make sure she does'nt come into contact with any other dogs. Kennel cough is highly infectious. I hope she's feeling better soon, it won't help her tummy much coughing like that, poor girl. Thanyou for rescuing her, and good luck.
I, too, congratulate you on your new baby and rescuing this puppy. Hats off to you.
To answer your question on Kennel Cough, it can take up to 3 weeks to go away. It sounds horrible but the truth is it's not as horrible as it sounds. What you do need to know is it's one of the single most highly contagious canine diseases and under no circumstances can you expose that puppy to another canine. Please do not do that out of respect for another dog/owner.
The information others posted on the spay is of course correct. Shelters will do that to ensure it's done.
I would suggest if you have not already done so making a vet appointment and having your puppy examined. However, once again, you need to make darn sure you tell them the pup has Kennel Cough and they will make arrangements for you to go in through a side door. It's very important if you have not already done so to see your own vet. With stitches, a young baby, kennel cough, big recommendation.
Good luck. post some pictures and congrats again.
whoops OP is from 10/6. Hope he comes back LOL Too tired to have noticed.
Pediatric spaying and neutering is done frequently in southern states at as young as 6 weeks without complications. The overpopulation is such that this is necessary to ensure its done. The usual contract isn't enough to remind people and the possibility of an unwanted litter ending up at a kill shelter isn't a happy ending. My new pup was neutered at 9 weeks without an issue, in fact it looks alot neater than the one done on my first dog when he was much older. As the proud owner of two rottie mixes, one black lab/rottie and one golden retreiver/rottie, let me congratulate you on your new addition. I too wanted a full blood rott for my first dog, and our pound had one in protective custody I could have taken in a few weeks, but my guy was just so pathetic and sweet I "settled" for only a half rott. Best decision I ever made.