I am sorry to hear about this concern.
I am very concerned about the symptoms you have described.
The drooling and vomiting is more suggestive of a primary stomach problem.
My primary concerns for vomiting include:
- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
- Stomach or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also, not just diarrhea
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.
- Less commonly, endocrine diseases like Addison’s
- Generally, in older pets, I am also concerned about organ disease (liver, kidneys) and cancer.
However, you also describe coughing or hacking, and therefore, we don't know what degree a primary respiratory problem is present.
Like a bronchitis, a upper respiratory infection (bordatella included), or more importantly, a heart problem. Yes, the coughing can definitely be due to heart issues as well.
So, to answer your question:
Bordatella is only one of many types of very common bacterial infections that can cause a upper respiratory infection.
But, I am really bothered by the drooling/vomiting which really also suggests nausea.
Yes, bordatella infection can still occur with vaccination, but they can get over the infection a lot quicker with less complication.
Do I think this is bordatella. Not really. I am more concerned about some other systemic problem.
To help settle the stomach you could try one of the following drugs.
Pepcid comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets. You can give it every 12 hours.
Absolutely, I think it is time to get into a vet. Today. Definitely, well worth a veterinary examination, good listen to the chest, and some much better supportive treatment.
If the vet gave a shot of baytril and DID NOT send home an oral antibiotic that was ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS. If they truly did that, you need a new vet. To give a single shot of antibiotic with no follow up medication is bad medicine, in my opinion, and served no purpose.
Absolutely, well worth consulting a new vet, today, for a second opinion.
I hope you trust me on that point.
Hope that info is helpful.
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He gave antinausea shot with prescription for Batril
Okay, so at least the baytril was sent home. That makes me feel better. Well worth a follow upvisit for better supportive care, and perhaps, some basic tests are in order.
We did bloodwork & temp yesterday
She showed high white cell count & higher than normal temp
Good. May be worth considering some x-rays at this point, and more supportive treatment. Ask for a antivomiting/antinausea medication called Cerenia. Once a day treatment, incredible stuff.
It may really really be worth hospitalizing for a day on IV fluids to support him.
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