Our oldest golden retriever, Cinna, is trying to recover from kennel cough. This is our first experience with it. While she did not get a severe case, it has taken its toll on her. She is 12 and 1/2 years old and her age is not helping. She is now in her seventh week. She is eating, albeit slowly, and perks up when treats are handed out but otherwise pretty much lies around. She hardly barks anymore. In the past, she would jump and back at feeding time. Now she just hangs around until her bowl is put down.
The interesting thing is how she got it. We did the GPA meet & greet at Pet Smart in January. Exactly two weeks later, Cinna became very lethargic, would cough a little and would hardly eat. After about $200 in tests, the vet said everything was normal. That's when it dawned on me about kennel cough. Cinna has not been around other dogs. However, we met dogs at the M & G and, of course, had to pet them. I read that the kennel cough virus can be transmitted via clothing, etc. Our vet agrees that is what probably happened. Penny and our other golden have been fine. All our dogs get the bordatella vaccine but the vet says it doesn't always prevent the illness. We think because of Cinna's age, she was just more susceptible to the virus.
Lesson learned. After our next meet and greet, we are going to make sure we wash our hands and change our clothes when we get home. Cinna is due for her annual so she is going back to the vet this coming week. I hope there will be some suggestions as to what, if anything, can be done to get her back to a more normal state. We sure miss our ole Cinna!
Jim, Karen, Kai (golden) and the greyt Penny - at the bridge: K.C., Rika & Cinna