Post # 1
So my dog went to the groomer last Tuesday. The next day he started to cough a little. But he’s done that before and in the past it was because he ate something that he shouldn’t have and got it a little stuck in his throat. By Thursday night it had gotten worse so I called my vet and asked to bring him in because I thought he has kennel cough. They wouldn’t allow me to bring him until end of day Friday because they couldn’t let him in with other dogs (very contagious).
I bring him after hours, she looks at him for a total of 3 minutes. Not an exaggeration. Tells me he has bronchitis. Gives me his medicine and sends us home. I felt funny about it because I really thought he had kennel cough, but what do I know? I’m not a vet.
Yesterday he was SO much worse. He wouldn’t get off his bed, drink, eat (not even people food or treats! ☹️). So I called the vet once again and asked to come back. Again, had to wait until they were closed. She takes it much more seriously this time. He gets x-rays and she comes back to tell me that he has a very bad case of pneumonia and needs to be hospitalized! I asked her how he got pneumonia and she said “kennel cough, if not treated, turns into pneumonia”
Now I feel awful because I had a feeling he had KC and didn’t advocate louder for him. And I’m livid because the vet is saying that he had KC originally and she misdiagnosed him! So he suffered for 3 more days when he could have been potentially on the mend. I took him to the ER animal hospital and she said he could be there for up to 4 days. I just feel so awful about this whole thing 😔
Post # 2
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
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
Post # 4
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
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
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
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 # 8
LilliV : futremrswhite17 : pearlrose : kristin36890 : macpartyoftwo : ButternutPoppy :
Thanks for all of your replies! I’ve been a nervous wreck all day. When we saw the vet last week and she diagnosed him with bronchitis, she gave me Doxycyline and “cough tabs”. Each taken twice a day with a meal
Parker’s doctor was supposed to call between 10-11 to update me on how he did overnight but she didn’t. So naturally I panicked. Finally got ahold of his nurse at the hospital and she said they had a lot of emergencies today but Parker is doing a bit better. He finally ate! They said he’s wagging his tail in the oxygen chamber and seems much happier. They were even able to take him for a short walk outside. But then his heart rate rose and he needed to go back in the oxygen chamber. Overall, seems to be doing much better and heading in the right direction.
I did ask her how it got this bad and she said it had to have started with kennel cough. So now I’m really thinking this is my vet’s fault. And not for nothing, this seems like a $4,500 hospital stay that could have been avoided and they should, at a very minimum, split that with me. If not pay the entire thing for their mistake
Post # 10
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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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
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
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!
Post # 14
pearlrose : you’re right, I’m totally jumping to conclusions. And I do need to do more research. Thank you
lolot : he was vaccinated for KC, but from what I understand there are multiple strains of it so there’s still a chance that a dog can get it even if they’re vaccinated, unfortunately
ButternutPoppy : haha yes, bow tie guy. He’s my baby! Alright, thanks for chiming in with your experience also! It’s definitely all helpful info. I just feel so bad for him, he was absolutely miserable yesterday when I took him back to the vet. He’s the happiest dog I’ve ever met and he couldn’t even manage a little tail wiggle 💔
Thanks for for all of your input and “talking me off the ledge”. I get so protective over him!
Post # 15
keepingitreal8675309 : he did have the shot for kennel cough. He got all of his shots in June 2017 so he was up to date on everything. I hear there are multiple strains of KC so the shot won’t protect from all of them