It's a shame that dogs can't tell us what hurts.
BJ began coughing on Friday. He sounded like a fog horn. At first I thought he had swallowed something in the street. He hasn't been in a kennel in at least 8 years and doesn't really get close to the dogs in the park, so I didn't worry about Kennel Cough. He was still energetic, was eating well, and showed no sign of not feeling well. I gave him a small amount of Robitussin and then had to call him BJ red whiskers. (He's not very cooperative at taking liquid medicine.) It helped a little but he still coughed.
I'm not sure which he dislikes more, taking the medicine or going to the vet. He had no choice. He was going to the vet. BJ knows when we get to the corner of his vet's street. He digs in with all 20-lbs. and refuses to move. I had to pull him down the street.
It's too bad that BJ couldn't tell the vet what hurt. In his case, he has a sore throat and a little congestion. $86 later and a pill a day for 10 days and he'll be good as new.