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Hello. Poor Raptor! When did this start to happen?
Has Raptor eaten anything today?
That's good. We need to make sure Raptor continues to eat well. How often is he coughing and sneezing?
Has there been anything you could think of that could be stuck in his throat that he ate? (ie. rawhide)
Ok! thats good. Has Raptor been anywhere near other dogs in the last couple of weeks?
Ok I think I have a good idea about what is going on. Puppies as young as Raptor have not had all their vaccines yet and their immune system (that fights off infection) is not mature enough. It is possible that Raptor caught a cold from another dog while playing. It is very important that Raptor be examined by his veterinarian to accurately diagnose an infection and to make sure he doesn't develop pneumonia. Tonight make sure that Raptor gets plenty of sleep, if he coughs a lot and can't sleep you can help by placing him in a room with some steam (like in the bathroom with a steamy shower).
If you can get him in sooner I think you should, but as long as he is acting, eating and drinking normally waiting a day or two shouldn't be a problem. Just monitor his coughing as sometimes it is hard for them to sleep if they are coughing and may need treatment sooner.
You are very welcome. Do you have any other questions for me tonight?
Potentially. Puppies should eat at least 3 times per day and going longer than 8 hours without food could affect the puppy's sugar levels and possibly upset his stomach.
I hope that I have helped you tonight. If you are satisfied please give me a rating. As a disclaimer the information provided is general and does not take the place of a physical exam, consultation and diagnosis done by your veterinarian on your pet. Take care!
You can go ahead and rate now. Thank you!
Hello! I just wanted to see how Raptor is doing?