Kennel Cough No Kennel – Trip to Adobe Animal Hospital

Last night Bucky wouldn’t stop coughing. Like a child with croup he coughed, hacked and gagged.The moment I woke up I called Adobe to get an appointment. They worked me into the schedule in the morning and were very kind and sensitive on the phone. When your dog is sick you feel so helpless. It is a panicky feeling because they can’t tell you what is wrong. Having a vet who is sympathetic to your fear helps ease the anxiety. Adobe is that kind of animal hospital.

When we got to Adobe the vet we were scheduled to see had an emergency.  A cat who came in with breathing problems went into cardiac arrest and obviously required special attention.  As Bucky and I waited patiently in the waiting room, about every 10 minutes a tech would come out and give us a status report.  (I wish I got that kind of service at my doctor’s office.)  Adobe took the extra step to calm my nerves and it made my experience there much more peaceful. 

When we finally got in to see the vet, Rachel Boltz, she examined Bucky and diagnosed that he had Kennel Cough.  It is ironic that Bucky has Kennel Cough because he has never been to a kennel in his life and avoids other dogs like the plague.  As my sister always says, “Don’t create irony in your life.”  It is the people who most want something or want to avoid something that seem to create the opposite of what they want to experience.  Like the top chef who got tongue cancer, it is a weird law of life and apparently applies to dogs as well. 

The vet recommended we let Bucky’s body heal itself rather than treating with antibiotics.  Since Kennel Cough is highly contagious, I must keep Bucky away from other dogs.  This is the upside of Kennel Cough for Bucky.  The vet said Bucky should be healthy again in a few days.  From now on I am going to be more aware of who Bucky is having contact with at dog parks.  I never knew you could get Kennel Cough without the kennel.

Adobe Animal Hospital
396 First Street
Los Altos, CA 94022

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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