She started coughing a couple of nights ago. A night-time cough like hers is USUALLY – not always of course – either kennel cough or some sort of heart thing. She had the typical gagging cough with the foam that is seen with kennel cough. BUT I am not a vet and I didn’t want to make assumptions with my gurl’s health. I’ve been trying to get her in to a vet, our vet is 60 miles away so I’d planned to use one that is closer but nobody is accepting new clients. My vet, up in West Branch, can’t fit her in until a week from tomorrow. And any routine work, like vaccines and HW tests and such, are scheduling a month out! Never ever have seen that before!
So she has an appointment for the 23rd at 3:00 up in West Branch, and I have the phone number for the nearest emergency clinic – all the way in Saginaw – near at hand.
How she’s actually doing: she’s had the gagging cough, bringing up the white foam, exclusively at night until today. She’s eating, gets excited over the usual things, but is otherwise subdued and just laying around. (Then again, it was in the mid-90’s here in the motorhome all day, and I was doing the same!) She hasn’t been drinking or urinating as much as usual either. For “supper” I made her a dish of plain yogurt and extremely cold pure pumpkin, which she loved. She’s within a foot or 2 of me always, and that hasn’t changed; still happy to help me with whatever I need, as always. Her CRT (kinda like BP) is fine, mucous membranes nice and pink, no bluish tinges…I don’t have a thermometer to check her temp, need to get one the next time I’m out.
So…keeping a close eye on her, ready to go to the doggie ER if necessary any time of the day or night, and do whatever she needs. I wish I could give her some fluids to perk her up a bit, help her fight off the virus…but don’t have access to that sort of thing of course. It’s been many years since I hooked up pets anyway, I just think it would help her even though I can’t/wouldn’t do it myself anymore.
Watch my updates (I post microblogs daily or more!), I’ll keep you posted!