10 week english bulldog, hard dry cuff, with raspy brithing
Type of Animal: english bulldog
Age: 10 weeks
Name of Dog: fudgy
Hello and thanks for posting. I am Dr. A. Is Fudgy interested in eating and playing, or is he lethargic?
hello- I am sorry that Fudgy isn't feeling well
he's playing like normal
any nasal discharge?
the coughing triggered by a lot of playing, or is he waking up from sleeping with a cough?
being cold last couple of days
in the morning he woke up with the cough, but then it stops, and when he plays the cough returns
and is he eating well? (sorry for all the questions--just trying to get a full picture )
when he sleeps he seems normal
no, he couldnt eat his regular dry food, but we gave him a caned one and ate it right up
ok. what is his vaccine history? Has he been out playing with other dogs a lot?
no, only with my mom's dog, and yesterday we took him to the park, where there were alot of dogs
and he's had one set of vaccines?
I would refrain from taking his to dog parks, or around other dogs whose vaccine histories you don't know--he is not immunocompetent yet and not protected from the diseases we vaccinate against.
yes, he has 2 vaccines on 4/16 and 4/30 and the same one one 5/14
ok. was he at dog parks, or around other dogs a couple of weeks ago?
no, just yesterday we took him to my daughter softball game, and there were alot of dogs, but none close to him
ok. I was trying to tease out if kennel cough is a reasonalbe possibility. It still is on the list, but much lower given the history you've provided.
It can be very difficult to tell, but do you think that this cough originates in his lower airway--more like lungs, or more upper airway-nose/throat?
hardfood he cant eat, but soft he'll eat it right up, eat doesnt sound like lungs
sounds like something in his throat
he's playing and acts normal, only when he coughs
well, as you well know with regard to his breed, they are awfully cute, but there are many anatomical issues that get in the way of breathing! There isn't much forgiveness in their respiratory makeup, so what might be a minor throat irritation (playing with a stick, or toys, etc) in another dog is a bigger problem in an EB because there simply isn't as much room in their airways--they tend toward a longer soft palate, smaller nasal passages, etc.
what vaccines should he have by now, and when should he get the rabies shot
So, my inclination is to monitor him closely for now--he is at rest sleeping and he's still interested in playing and isn't lethargic. He's eating well (soft food) and all of these factors tell me that he appears to be stable. I would, however, get him into your vet tomorrow if the coughing persists.
vaccines at 10 weeks- looks like he got a set of what I would expect to be distempter/hepatitis/parainfluenza/parvovirus (DHPP) both in april and again mid may/
thank you, very much
those should be repeated at 3-4 wk intervals such that his last set occurs at 16 wks or older.
he is old enough at 10 weeks to receive bordetella, which I would recommend for his breed, esp. if he is going to be out and about with the family-he needs protection from upper respiratory infection.
rabies at 16 wks
where are you geographically?
and another thing--I would just be up front and make sure that your vet is experienced with dealing with bracycephalic syndrome--I would expect that he or she is--we see pugs all the time too.
and, as it heats up, remember that Fudgy is pretty heat intolerant--this isn't a dog to take roller blading or running
thank you very much
you are most welcome-- so, if the coughing persists, get him in tomorrow. As for when to see attention sooner-- paroxyms of coughing, him not interested in any food, increasingly lethargic...make sense?
when to seek* attention (pardon the typos)
so continue out his vaccine schedule--make sure good deworming protocol as well
anything else that I can help you with?
If so, don't hesitate to ask more questions. If you are done, please kindly click on accept as it is the only way the site credits me. Thanks and have great fun with Fudgy!--Dr. A
10+ yrs DVM in small animal practice, including work with rabbits and pocket pets