Spring has reeked havoc on the pups in our household. Delaynie has been sneezing up a storm lately. Every time she gets excited she is plagued with the sneezies. Because she is a Brachycephalic breed (basically she has a short nose) she snorts a lot and has a hard time breathing in hotter weather. But, I wasn’t sure if sneezing that much was something I should worry about. (To me, when it comes to the dogs, almost everything is something to worry about). So, I called the vet and he said we could give her some Claritin to see if that would help clear it up.
Nola, on the other hand, came home from daycare yesterday with a dry, hacking, horrible sounding cough. Of course the first thing I did was bring her to the vet (you can sense a pattern forming here). She has kennel cough. Yes, the same highly contagious kennel cough that we have vaccinated her against each of her two years of life. That means for seven days she will be on antibiotics and pain meds and can not go to daycare or get any exercise. And, of course, there is a really good chance Delaynie will begin to show symptoms of KC soon.
Ugh. It feels like we just got to the point after Laynie’s no more babies surgery where neither pup was confined to just a leash. Now we’re back there again. Two medium-high energy dogs who can’t play with each other because one sneezes and one coughs, with the added P.I.A. (Pain in the A**, if you’re not hip to the lingo) of one that can’t run at all (her absolute favorite thing to do?!) means there will be none of this in our house for the next seven days: