|one tired girl|
|pups day one|
|very unusually colored :)|
|look how big they are already compared to Phoebe|
So here we go with the bad; one of Shirley's pups was showing symptoms that the vet thought might be consistent with distemper when she passed away & because of the risk to everyone else, her body was sent to Lexington for an autopsy. It took a week to get the results back & the little girl thankfully did not have distemper. In the meantime, Shirley, Phoebe & her pups were taken to the vet to be checked out & to make sure everyone was safe. Both Shirley & Phoebe had raised levels of white blood cells & were placed on antibiotics in order to nip whatever it was in the bud.Once the results were back, our vet believes that Shirley & Phoebe have a strain of kennel cough. They are contagious & have been quarantined away from each other & away from our three. The pups are protected since they are nursing from Phoebe, but what happens when they start to wean? Does anyone have any experience with this? We have never had kennel cough in our home before. I had no idea that there are many different strains & that not all can be vaccinated against! Our vet is working on a plan for when they start to wean. So far everyone is acting normal & eating well. We have been keeping busy cleaning, cleaning, cleaning & cleaning!
Shirley is handling her alone time well, but I can only imagine that she is bored out of her mind. We have been making sure she is stocked up on stuffed Kongs & she is getting plenty of new toys to keep her busy.
Keep our little family in your thoughts please.