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Hi all. New to forum. Have a puppy, Paisley, that is 11 weeks old. Soon after we got her she developed a cough. The vet put her on an antibiotic but it grew progressively worse. Throughout she has had energy and decent appetite. She is perky and sassy! After two weeks the vet didn't like that it wasn't clearing and has her on a 5 day shot protocol and a stronger oral antibiotic. After 3 days of shots she is still coughing up a lot of phlegm and coughs much of the night. During the day she doesn't cough as much. She is about 2.5 lbs but I can see her body growing and changing. I've never had a small dog before so I am not sure how they tend to deal with illness. Can anyone give me an idea how long I should expect her to cough? And would it still be contagious? Thanks!
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What did he think it was? Rosie had kennel cough in March. Same thing your vet did, after two weeks he gave her two shots and then a steroid. It took her about a month to get better. But she ran fever and you could tell that she was sick. Hopefully, your little one has some kind of allergy if she is eating and growing. I guess it boils down to--Do trust your Vet?
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The vet is calling it kennel cough or just basic "new environment" sensitivities which could have suppressed the immune system. The first two weeks she was eating her food with vigor. Now, not so much. She is drinking well but no longer prefers the food I have been feeding her all along. It is now sitting on my counter as I have offered it to her 3 times this morning all ready. She actually prefers the hard kibble of my Golden!
She seems totally energetic this morning although last night and today she started going through this really hyper stage.Nipping at heels and feet. Wondering if she is having a reaction to all the antibiotics? It seems like an awful lot of meds.
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I was very worried about Rosie. He also put her on another oral antibotic after the first two weeks. If she tried to run, she would lose her breath. I spoiled her tremendously during that period. Actually though she gained weight during that month. The steroids uped her appetite but made her hyper also.
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The vet is calling it kennel cough or just basic "new environment" sensitivities which could have suppressed the immune system. The first two weeks she was eating her food with vigor. Now, not so much. She is drinking well but no longer prefers the food I have been feeding her all along. It is now sitting on my counter as I have offered it to her 3 times this morning all ready. She actually prefers the hard kibble of my Golden!
She seems totally energetic this morning although last night and today she started going through this really hyper stage.Nipping at heels and feet. Wondering if she is having a reaction to all the antibiotics? It seems like an awful lot of meds.
Well, the part about wanting someone else's food more than her own is typical Hav. (and maybe typical dog!<g>) My Kodi would much prefer the cat food, and the cat would prefer to eat his dog food! We have to separate them for feeding so everyone get's what they are supposed to.

May I ask where you got your puppy? Have you talked to the breeder about this?

The good thing is that she's probably not THAT sick if she's still so energetic. While I guess it's a possibility that the meds are making her hyper, 11 week old puppies can be VERY "busy". Every time she nips, say "OWWW!!!" in a high pitched, loud voice, then put her in time out for a few minutes. That's what another dog would do, and they usually catch on pretty quickly that if they want to play with you, they need to play gently.


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BTW, she's absolutely adorable. I don't know if you know the rules around here, but the rule is, that if you're going to post about your cute puppy, you need to show us more PICTURES!!!


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went in for fourth shot today. will actually see the vet tomorrow when she does the fifth shot. Although this is a new vet, I have been very impressed with their availability and attentiveness to her. Definitely not "passive" vets. have no reason to not trust them yet. My neighbor is also a Medvet (crisis vet) so I could get her opinion if needed.
Paisley was adopted from Petland. I know the ire that can raise here.....(ducking.....) but I had intended to talk to more breeders in the area or central area but I will admit, I really like seeing the pups before I commit. We don't have any breeders very close by. Our local Petland rarely ever gets Havanese in their stock. I have never seen one before and they told me she was maybe 1 of 3 they have had all year. i have never purchased from a store before and wasn't planning on it this time but when I saw her it was that "shoot, this is my dog!" moment. As you can see from one picture I have posted, she looks just like my golden. In fact, a friend on facebook commented on her picture and congratulated me for getting another golden!
I have not figured out how to post other pics yet? Quick tutorial??
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I don't know if this is typical or helps but I know whenever Gizzy is feeling ill or sick to her stomach she gets nippy and runs around the room over and over.

She did this the day she got the UTI and the day she ate too much of a new bone treat that made her stomach sick. It stopped for me the next day.
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went in for fourth shot today. will actually see the vet tomorrow when she does the fifth shot. Although this is a new vet, I have been very impressed with their availability and attentiveness to her. Definitely not "passive" vets. have no reason to not trust them yet. My neighbor is also a Medvet (crisis vet) so I could get her opinion if needed.
Paisley was adopted from Petland. I know the ire that can raise here.....(ducking.....) but I had intended to talk to more breeders in the area or central area but I will admit, I really like seeing the pups before I commit. We don't have any breeders very close by. Our local Petland rarely ever gets Havanese in their stock. I have never seen one before and they told me she was maybe 1 of 3 they have had all year. i have never purchased from a store before and wasn't planning on it this time but when I saw her it was that "shoot, this is my dog!" moment. As you can see from one picture I have posted, she looks just like my golden. In fact, a friend on facebook commented on her picture and congratulated me for getting another golden!
I have not figured out how to post other pics yet? Quick tutorial??
Well, sounds like you already know the problems with pet store/puppy mill pups, so we won't re-hash that. And, unfortunately, you (and she) are living with one of the consequences... a sick puppy. I hope Petland is at least helping you with the expense of treating her.

In any case, she is very cute, and I'm sure you will love her. ...AND we still need . If you scroll down under the window where you type in the message you want to send, you'll see "additional options". Under that is "manage attachments". Just follow the directions, and you can attach up to 5 photos to any one post. I believe the photos can't be larger than 800x800, so you may need to resize before submitting.

If you have photo software you like to use, most any program can do this. If not, there is help for resizing photos on the forum home page. Good luck, and let us see that cute baby!


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went in for fourth shot today. will actually see the vet tomorrow when she does the fifth shot. Although this is a new vet, I have been very impressed with their availability and attentiveness to her. Definitely not "passive" vets. have no reason to not trust them yet. My neighbor is also a Medvet (crisis vet) so I could get her opinion if needed.
Paisley was adopted from Petland.
You will not need to duck from me--but I urge you to please, please, please, please take Paisley ASAP to another vet in your area. NOT affiliated with Petland.

I have tons of information about Petland and their affiliated vets, etc, and what you can do AFTER Paisley is well. But, right now, the health of that sweet baby is all you need to do.

After she is well, let me know and I can forward you all the information about how to get paid for the healthcare, the places you need to provide this information to, etc.

Many good thoughts for Paisley.
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