Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Upper Respiratory Infection

  1. #1
    Bentley13
    Guest

    Default Upper Respiratory Infection

    So..I am a new owner of a bulldog puppy. I have had him 2 weeks. He was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection (URI) a week ago. The Vet put him on antibiotics (Clavamox) and he had a horrible weekend. He did nothing but sleep and when he was awake he gagged and puked til exhausted again. So I took him back to the Vet and she gave him some medicine to coat his throat and a cough suppressant to help with the gagging, in hopes this would help him keep his food down. She also asked if I wanted to give him subcutaneous fluids to help with dehydration - I said yes of course - because I had been worried that he wasn't getting enough. Since Monday, it has been the same scenario. I give him the throat coat with some yogurt to help soothe his throat an hour before giving him his antibiotic (with food). I have to give him the first bite, then he will eat on his own. He will not drink on his own. I have to force him to take syringes of water and pedialyte. He will be fine in my lap for a few minutes, as long as I keep him calm. If I let him down too soon, he starts gagging and then up comes the food and the medicine. Sometimes, I can put him in his crate and he will rest and keep the food down, but sometimes not. He is not consistent, but this scenario is consistent to what he has been going through for the past week. The Vet wants to see him again today, but I am not sure it is helping. Does this just take time? I read someone's blog to try Mucinex for Children and that this at times just has to run its course. My biggest fear is pneumonia. What are the symptoms of that? Should I get a second vet opinion? The bills are already racking up. I don't know how much more I can take emotionally or financially at the moment....I will do what I have to do of course, but I am just tired and need some support. Much obliged.

  2. #2
    Dog Groomer Samantha Orts's Avatar
    Real Name
    Samantha
    Country
    USA
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    628
    Bulldog(s) Names
    June
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default Re: Upper Respiratory Infection

    June also had an upper respiratory infection about 2 weeks after we brought her home. She would cough and gag and just lay down wherever she was and sleep. She didn't throw up or have a hard time eating though. The vet gave me some cough suppressant pills (basically Robitussin) that she said we could buy at the drug store and benedryl to help her sleep at night. It got worse before it got better, but it did last a little over a week before it went away. 1 morning we woke up and she just never started coughing again. We were worried it was pneumonia too so we took her to the ER vet 2 days after he normal vet (for a second opinion-and we were freaking out) and they did x-rays which confirmed it wasn't anything serious like that. I think the symptoms include snotty nose, fever, and not eating. None of which June had.

  3. #3
    Feed Store Operator
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    739
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Duchess
    Likes (Received)
    2

    Default Re: Upper Respiratory Infection

    Duchess had 2 back to back upper respiratory infections when she was younger. 8 weeks and again around 4 or 5 months. The meds should knock it out. How long where symptoms present before you took him to the vet? They can usually diagnose pneumonia by listening to the lungs and sometimes if they are unsure they will take an X-ray. Not eating or drinking on their own can be a sign , extreme lethargy. Duchess ate an drank normally both times she had it. The best thing to do is not panic. The first time she had it I paniced cause one night I came home and she wouldn't play or anything I thought for sure it progresses to pneumonia- rushed her to the er since it was after hours and she was fine. Doctor said to just ride it out.

  4. #4
    Feed Store Operator
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    739
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Duchess
    Likes (Received)
    2

    Default Re: Upper Respiratory Infection

    My vet also assured me the first time she had it at 8 weeks it was due to the stress of leaving momma and flying home to me.

  5. #5
    I'm not OCD....now who moved my bulldog? I am an EBN Reporter
    Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    2BullyMama's Avatar
    Real Name
    Christine
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Gilbertsville, PA
    Posts
    40,169
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Lambeau, Chelios (Frenchie), Nitschke (2004-2011) and Banks (2005-2014)
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    11506

    Default Re: Upper Respiratory Infection

    Welcome to EBN... So sorry your baby is sick. I never experienced this with my bullies, but you got some good insight for a few members that have... More will be along.


    hugs and prayers he is better soon--- please keep us posted
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    There is a part of your heart not alive until a bulldog has entered your lif
    e.

    Nitschke (2004-2011) and Banks (2005-2014) -- My angels
    Thank you for all the love, fun and teachings




  6. #6
    Pooper scooper
    Country
    USA
    Posts
    11,226
    Bulldog(s) Names
    7
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    2232

    Default Re: Upper Respiratory Infection

    Quote Originally Posted by Bentley13 View Post
    So..I am a new owner of a bulldog puppy. I have had him 2 weeks. He was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection (URI) a week ago. The Vet put him on antibiotics (Clavamox) and he had a horrible weekend. He did nothing but sleep and when he was awake he gagged and puked til exhausted again. So I took him back to the Vet and she gave him some medicine to coat his throat and a cough suppressant to help with the gagging, in hopes this would help him keep his food down. She also asked if I wanted to give him subcutaneous fluids to help with dehydration - I said yes of course - because I had been worried that he wasn't getting enough. Since Monday, it has been the same scenario. I give him the throat coat with some yogurt to help soothe his throat an hour before giving him his antibiotic (with food). I have to give him the first bite, then he will eat on his own. He will not drink on his own. I have to force him to take syringes of water and pedialyte. He will be fine in my lap for a few minutes, as long as I keep him calm. If I let him down too soon, he starts gagging and then up comes the food and the medicine. Sometimes, I can put him in his crate and he will rest and keep the food down, but sometimes not. He is not consistent, but this scenario is consistent to what he has been going through for the past week. The Vet wants to see him again today, but I am not sure it is helping. Does this just take time? I read someone's blog to try Mucinex for Children and that this at times just has to run its course. My biggest fear is pneumonia. What are the symptoms of that? Should I get a second vet opinion? The bills are already racking up. I don't know how much more I can take emotionally or financially at the moment....I will do what I have to do of course, but I am just tired and need some support. Much obliged.
    Our Buster had this same thing happen to him and it did turn into pneumonia, I would seek a second opinion as soon as possible. I know it can wear you out. But it can be corrected, sorry you are going through all of this, please keep us posted.

  7. #7
    Head Pooper Scooper I am an EBN Reporter
    Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    Davidh's Avatar
    Real Name
    David
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Katy, Texas
    Posts
    13,246
    Bulldog(s) Names
    BeBe, Hazel, Lucy Lu, JLO, Hillary, Henri, & Katie
    Likes (Received)
    1557

    Default Re: Upper Respiratory Infection

    Sorry your baby is sick, and hope he gets better soon. I would take him for the follow up visit, just to make sure it has not turned into pneumonia.
    Have a Great Bully Day.
    Member of The Bulldog Club of America, The Bulldog Club of Texas and French Bulldog Club of America.
    Bully hugs from - BeBe, Hazel, Lucy Lu, JLO, Hillary, Henri & Katie


  8. #8
    Bentley13
    Guest

    Default Re: Upper Respiratory Infection

    I wanted to thank all the replied to my post last month. Wow, can't believe it has taken me so long to reply and give an update. My apologies. So Bentley is SO much better! It took another round of a little stronger antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids, but he is back on his feet and back to his puppy self. He has gained all the weight he lost and then some! My profile picture is just a couple of days old. Wow, it was exhausting. Many nights at getting up at 2 or 3 in the morning to give him his medicine, but it was worth it. I just love this little guy...although the non-stop puppy biting I could do without. Will be glad when he is done teething...when does this stop again? lol Thanks to all again. I am glad to be a part of the community!!!

  9. #9
    Norwegian Rose Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Vikinggirl's Avatar
    Real Name
    Monica
    Country
    Canada
    Location
    Burlington, ON Canada
    Posts
    9,638
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bulldozer and Blossom
    Likes (Received)
    2118

    Default Re: Upper Respiratory Infection

    So glad to hear Bentley is feeling better.
    Last edited by Vikinggirl; 11-14-2013 at 10:07 PM.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

Remove Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •