Post # 1
My DH and I are fostering a Mastiff, 6 year old. Someone just dumped him. We picked him up on Tuesday, he was only at the shelter for about 2 days before we took him in to foster. We have a 6 year old Mastiff already and 2 cats. He does great with the dog but the cats he is still a bit too excited around them.
He has had the runs the last few days from I’m sure stress and just food changes so we are working on getting him back to being regular.
However, I noticed last night he started doing a deeep cough, like hacking. And did it this morning as well. I think he may have kennel cough. I left a mesage for the shelter to see if they gave him a vaccinated him for this when he came in, but most likey they didn’t. That being said, do I take him to the vet? IS our dog and cats in danager right now? Our dog has been drinking out of his water.
Post # 3
Kennel cough was really common when I used to volunteer at our local humane society. Cats cannot get it, but from what I understand it’s easy to pass amongst dogs. Is the organization you’re fostering through paying vet bills? I would try to seperate him from your other dog until you can get him to the vet I think. Totally not an expert on this one, maybe someone else will have better advice!
Post # 4
I would separate him from your other pooch immediately and call the vet and see if they think you should bring him in.
Post # 5
Try to get in contact with the shelter. Most of the time they have a vet that they use and you’ll need their information to know what vaccinations they’ve received. Is your dog vaccinated against kennel cough? Most are, but you may want to call your vet and make sure and let her know the situation to see if they’re concerened. We’ve fostered puppies and a couple older dogs, some of them sick ones and nothing has ever transfered to our two dogs since they’re kept up to date on their shots.