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Old 09-25-2017, 11:34 AM
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As she gets more comfortable in her new environment, you could try adding a little kibble to her soft food. Our Vet wants Samantha to have small quantities of kibble for her oral health. She always eats her meat, veggies and fruit first, but then goes after the kibble. As far as water, whatever you have to do to insure she gets enough water, you don't want her getting dehydrated. Again as she becomes more comfortable, she may use a water bowl, time will tell.
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OMG! The antibiotics have absolutely kicked little Lilith's ass. They made her quit eating and drinking, and when we got food/water into her, she would vomit it all out! And she's been lethargic since day one of the pills.

I know that she's supposed to take the full ten days of them, but she's just not doing good at all. So, after four days of pills, I took her off of them. Before everyone freaks out on me, I already know! I know.

But she's eaten today. And she drank today. There's no coughing. But she's still not moving about much.

I'm not telling my daughter, but I'm scared. My last dog, three years ago, was acting like this when we found out he had parvo and had to put him down. The only thing keeping me (somewhat) sane is that Lilith doesn't have foul smelling diarrhea. She's constipated.

I'm losing my mind here! Can someone please tell me it's all going to be okay?

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Did you tell the vet what was going on when she was on the antibiotic?
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Did you tell the vet what was going on when she was on the antibiotic?
Yes. The vet said that she'd put Lilith on a very strong antibiotic (minocycline 100mg 2xdaily), the only one she'd ever seen really work. She wasn't surprised that it was giving Lilith problems.

I told her that I was taking Lilith off of it, per my daughter's request (Lilith is her dog). The vet gave the pros and cons of this decision. Ultimately, she said that if the kennel cough came back, I needed to have Lilith finish the rest of the meds.
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I'm surprised that y'all were not given Cerenia, it's an anti nausea medicine. My vet prescribed it for my boy the last time I had to give him an antibiotic. The interesting thing with Zody was that he was taking the antibiotic because he had some sort of stomach bug that had him so nauseated he was throwing up everything he ate or drank. Then the antibiotic went and made him nauseated on top of that.

If you do have to put her back on the medicine ask about the Cerenia, it seemed to do the trick with Zody, and he was able to finish his antibiotic. Kennel cough is usually mild, sort of like us getting a cold, but it can go into pneumonia, so keep a good eye on her!

Oh, about the constipation, give her a tablespoon or two of 100% pure canned pumpkin, it should help. Just be prepared for her stool to be orange tinged from the pumpkin! Didn't know if you've ever fed pumpkin, and didn't want you to be shocked at the color of the stool LOL.

I really doubt it's parvo, I'd lean more towards the kennel cough throwing her for a loop with all she's been through so far. If she had an owner in the past that got her vaccinated, she's likely still got immunity to parvo. To set your mind at ease you could ask your vet to test for it.
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Update: Lilith is doing fabulous! In just a couple of days without the antibiotics, she is so much better!

She's eating 2/3 cup of canned food from me. Kangaroo seems to be her absolute favorite. Plus, she's digging into the dry food occasionally.

She'll only drink the water if I mix in milk. A teaspoon of milk per 1/4 cup of water seems to do, so I'm not terribly worried. Plus it's helping her go potty. Not to mention that there is no more fighting drinking the liquids!

She's bouncing all around the living room too! She has an abundance of energy now. Now if I could just keep her from chewing on the fuzzies!

I'm feeling so much better about her. It seems like this HUGE boulder has been lifted from my shoulders.
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