I spent the first half of the day on the couch reading with my dog, Colby, beside me. He was comfortably tangled up in the comforter until he started hacking. He vomited a little bit of white foam and then continued coughing. He also, I might add, puked up something a day or two ago. His hacking sounded bad enough today to wake up Mom, who was sleeping on the love seat.
Mom decided to take Colby to the veterinarian. Colby was glad to ride in the car, one of the few thrills he has in his canine life. Mom set Colby on the examining table at the vet’s office. The veterinarian checked his lymph nodes near his jaw, but they weren’t swollen. He then inserted a thermometer into Colby’s rectum, but he didn’t have a fever.
Still, the vet thought that Colby likely has a sore throat. Colby, however, wouldn’t keep his mouth open long enough for the vet to see his throat. Nonetheless, he prescribed a round of antibiotics for Colby. Considering bacteria’s ability to evolved into antibiotic-resistant strains, I’d rather know for sure that my dog has a bacterial infection that’s causing a sore throat.
Be that as it may, I covered the pill with American cheese in an attempt to get Colby to ingest the antibiotic, but he ate all the cheese and none of the pill! Plan B was putting the pill in a piece of a candy bar. Though it’s not exactly healthy for a dog to eat candy, he did swallow this pill this time! Tomorrow, I’ll put his antibiotic in his dog food.
Get well soon, Colby.