How do you deal with sick dogs? This is a lesson not only for the dog park but for everyone everywhere. If you or your child or your dog are sick, or even think you might be sick- STAY HOME!! It is incredibly rude to risk the health of those you come in contact with, not to mention your own health.
I want to talk about my experience with Kennel Cough. Someone at our dog park brought a dog infected with Kennel Cough. I, though vaccinated, still caught it and Earl came down with it three days later. He was so mad at me. I don’t blame him. We were coughing non–stop. It was very unpleasant. One week of antibiotics, which is the normal treatment, didn’t help. We came down with pneumonia, which meant x-rays and several more weeks of strong antibiotics, and that was in addition to being quarantined. I hate antibiotics! I hate being quarantined even more! Quarantined means no park, no pals, and my only social outlet is Earl who was coughing his guts up. No fun! If only someone had taken the necessary precautions, I would not have become sick, made my brother sick or made my moms’ wallet very sick. Vaccines help but are not full proof. Choosing not to vaccinate increases the risk your dog will become ill and increases the risk of passing it on to others.
The only good thing that came out of this experience is that Earl and I were able to see our favorite gals at Del Mar Heights Vet Hospital. Over the course of our illness, we saw them a lot! They are so great over there and give us a lot of love. If you need a good Vet Hospital, check them out at www.dmhvh.com.