Doggie Tonsillitis, Strep Throat, Or What?


Hope could take first place in the Olympic snoring competition.

Talking dogs would make life easier when illness strikes.

Last week Hope started snoring like a chainsaw. I’ve had dogs snore before, so I wasn’t concerned.

A few days after the snoring began she was making sounds from her throat—the kind of sounds you make when you have a sore throat. I called the veterinarian.

Hope’s tonsils were inflamed, and she had had a fever of 103. A normal temperature for a dog is 101.

“I’ve never see tonsils so red and large,” my vet said. At least Hope’s lungs were clear.

Hope received injections of an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory drug. I also took home an antibiotic pill. A huge pill.

It has been a few days and she is perkier but still snoring like a chainsaw. The real challenge has been the pill.

She found it in lunchmeat, she found it in cheese, she found it in those little “pill pockets” you can buy at a pet store, and she didn’t like it crushed in baby food.

Peanut butter saved us. We chop the pill in little pieces then stick it in the middle of a gob of peanut butter. We do this several times at morning and night. It is a slow process, but she eats it all.

With the continued snoring a concern, we went back to the vet yesterday. Her tonsils were no longer red, but Hope got a shot of depo-medrol to help with her enlarged tonsils.

Today Windy started feeling lethargic. I have a sneaky suspicion we have something communicable here and may be back to the vet tomorrow. I am watching Windy closely.



About daysofourdogs

I have owned dogs nearly all my life. Many different breeds, mutts, rescues, and foundlings have found their ways into my heart. I have two dachshunds and a miniature schnauzer now. I hate puppy mills and want them wiped from the face of the earth.
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