Feeling like the worst dog-mom in the world

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

mrscb2bee :  don’t beat yourself up over the vet’s mistake. You knew something was wrong and took care of him! Our dog had to do a week stint in the ICU a couple years back so I know how stressful it is, but dogs are resilient. Ask if they have good night visits – our hospital let us come every night before bedtime (except one night because he had just come out of surgery and they didnt want him to get overly excited by seeing us) and we crawled all up in his kennel with him and snuggled him to sleep. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

mrscb2bee :  Dont beat yourself up. We trust our vets to inform us and not make ourselves have to second guess what they are saying.  When we are in the moment,  and we always forget to ask follow up questions and ususally think about it after we already left. What matter now is that he is being well taken care and he will be fine!!! I have two fur babies of my own who are like my children, literally, so I totally understand. LAst yr I gave my pup a cheap toy bc I was brokeand couldnt afford the more $$ one. Well, he ate it and the hard plastic got stuck in his intestines and he required emergancy surgey! I beat myself up for DAYS!!! But, in the end ,  he was ok and home with me and is still as happy as ever. You sound like a wonderful dog mama, and he is lucky to have u. Keep us updated, your baby is going to be ok. <3 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m not sure this is possibly your fault at all.  Usually in my experience when I’ve heard of dogs getting kennel cough, vets just recommend that the disease run its course, and the dog’s immune system fights it on its own.  Did your dog receive a bordetella vaccine? I know it doesn’t always work. I question when your vet says, “kennel cough not treated can turn into pneumonia.”  Obviously this can be true, and you can get a secondary infection from any respiratory disease. I would be concerned though that the vet did not concern herself with whether or not this could have been caused by one of the nastier dog viruses out there such as one of the newer canine flu viruses, and just assumed kennel cough.  (Just like she assumed bronchitis.)  Also, I am curious what was the medication she gave your dog.  If it was an antibiotic, I am curious why it did not help despite the misdiagnosis.  Maybe it was a cough suppressant?  Regardless, I hope your pup gets well soon.  Make sure you inform your groomer that your dog may have caught something there or been contagious while there.  Also I would consider getting a new vet.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

This is not your fault at all. This is entirely on your vet. You should find a new vet. I always google every symptom beforehand just to get an idea of what it might be and ask the vet about it. Also, my vet told me to take video of any behavior when my dog is sick so she can see because a lot of times the dog won’t exhibit any of that behavior at the vet because they’re so nervous etc. My dog just had kennel cough and she coughed all day, but in the vet’s office, it stopped. As soon as we left, the coughing started again. I’m sorry this happened to you. I hope your dog feels better soon.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

No idea how a dogs body works (I treat humans), but bronchitis can lead to pneumonia in people, so perhaps that’s what happened here?

I wouldn’t jump the gun and switch vets yet, as I have a feeling your pup was probably properly diagnosed with bronchitis and just didn’t respond well to the treatment. The medicine can sometimes take a few days to kick in, and your pup likely developed pneumonia from the bronchitis in the meantime.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

mrscb2bee :  I had a similar thing where the vet dianosed my dog with kennel cough, which did not seem possible for my dog. But okay, you’re the vet. Find out a while later, he has congestive heart failure. I’ve had a few misdiagnoses with vets AND MDs. It’s definitely a lesson learned that if you feel something’s not right, fight for your dog. Same with people and healthcare! Try to not beat yourself up, but I totally get how you feel. At least he’s where he should be getting the care he needs. Hope he feels better soon!!

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

 

mrscb2bee :  I am pretty sure that doxycycline is effective against bordetella (the bacteria normally associated with kennel cough.)  I don’t think a diagnosis of kennel cough would have made a difference.  Either your guy had a particularly bad bacterial infection, had a virus, or was just very unlucky to develop pneumonia.  It does sound like he is getting better now though, so that is great news.  As far as asking them to discount the treatment, I guess it never hurts to ask, but in my experience its a long shot.  It may depend on whether the vet would have treated kennel cough any differently than she treated bronchitis.  My understanding though is that the treatment would be very similar, if not identical.  Also, if it were my dog, I might ask for bloodwork just to be on the safe side, just to make sure you don’t miss anything bigger that could have made him susceptible to pneumonia.   Hopefully though its just an infection that got out of control and will now respond well to the treatment.  PS: He is super cute.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

mrscb2bee :  My understanding is that the treatment for kennel cough vs. bronchitis wouldn’t really change, and that often those things are basically the same diagnosis.  (It’s like a human having a cold, versus having bronchitis that came from a cold.  You still have a cold, you just *also* have bronchitis.)

She gave you antibiotics….what else could you have gotten?  As far as I know, that is the treatment for kennel cough.  It’s often a viral infection + bacterial infection, and you can only treat the bacterial portion – with antibiotics.

It seems like this was a case of your dog having a bad cold that quickly turned into pneumonia before the medicine could work.  It doesn’t seem like this was a mistake on the vet’s part or that anything could have been done differently.  I’d do some more research before you go asking them to pay for the costs.

Glad he’s doing better, hope he gets better soon!  Don’t feel like a bad dog owner – you kept close watch on him and followed up when he got worse.  That’s the best that anyone can do!

PS I think there’s a vaccine that helps with kennel cough – might want to look into that if he doesn’t have it already.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

mrscb2bee :  Oooh, I remember that guy. Bow tie guy!! So handsome!!

Yeah, I’ll bet they won’t pay either even though it seems they should help out. I agree!! We had a similar situation as you when our puppy was misdiagnosed multiple times and had an ER visit as well. I was sooooooo mad!! And broke! And our puppy went through a lengthy illness that he didn’t have to.

Two of my dogs just had kennel cough and they gave them exactly what you got. My understanding is the antibiotic doesn’t cure the kennel cough (as it’s just a cold), but should prevent him getting any bacterial infections. So it sounds like your guy already the bronchitis/pneumonia so it wouldn’t have helped. I don’t know what the answer is, the xray obvously showed he was worse off than they originally thought. My dog didn’t even get an xray and he was constantly coughing AND coughing up junk from his lungs. I thought for sure he had pneumonia.

I sometimes wonder if vets are “sloppy” because they don’t have as much accountability if a dog gets sicker. You know?

I’m glad he’s perking up. Eating is a good sign!

PS- one of my dogs has the kennel cough vax and still got it. It’s like the flu vax, it will prevent some, but not all coughs.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

You are not the worst dog mom in the world at all, these things happen and you’re doing all you can now.

If it’s any conselation, I think I’m going to call the vet and ask them about the kennel cough shot. He’s had everything required by the state, but now I’m rethinking the Kennel cough prevention.

did you dog have it the Kennel cough shot? I just ask because I had questioned how affective it is for preventing it. I will be thinking of you and your fur baby, and hope he gets better immediately!

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