Hi y'all.... ok... so now that we KNOW the problem and vet checked his lungs and they were clear... I need some ideas.
Vet said it was "okay" to take him on the bike trail but to "warn other dog owners that he's sick so they may not want to get close." This seems a little dumb to me... not to mention... if his immune system is fighting one thing, won't he be more susceptible to other things? (Dog owners around here don't allways pick up their dog poop... yuck!)
Does Ender need more rest? I would assume so... but I don't want to prevent him from being active if he needs that as well. Here's where the "active" question comes in since we don't have a yard... should we still take him on walks around the neighborhood? You are less likely to come face to face with a dog and MUCH less likely to come across dog poop.... but should we just avoid that for two weeks?
Vet put him on a bland diet for the next few days 'cause of the diarhea he was having. Does this mean no treats? banana/yogurt frozen kongs? or kong with a dab of peanut butter? (I forgot to ask)
I would say not to walk him in the neighborhood but maybe others will think differently. Mocha had a bout with KC not to long ago but she's vaccinated and it wasn't bad at all. It's a little harder on puppies from what I've heard. I was told that activity will make the cough worse so I would try to keep him calm and just short potty breaks outside the door. You can give Robitussen for the cough but just the plain stuff not the DM (I think that's the one).
I would keep him home; KC is very contagious. Also, no extras for a few days. You could probably do chicken and rice vs. the SD Hills ... but until you start seeing formed poops; I'd stick with the bland diet.
I wouldn't get him "running" so to speak, but walking around the yard or like labby said, a leash walk; I just would not go where you will be around other dogs.
I don't know about the cheerios ... I would probably cheat and give them because I'm a sucker for those eyes; so don't listen to me. When mine are eating chicken/rice, I usually give them a mild dog biscuit before they go to bed; but Ender is still a puppy, so I dunno........
bland is bland......no extras!!! cheerios, while usually not a problem, could be just the thing that causes him diarreha again. you need to rest that gut.
not to scare you, but i'm thinking you might need a bit of fright at this point, this is a young puppy. young puppies do not have a lot of umph to get over illness. they can take a turn very quickly. moreso than an older dog who has built up an immune system.
use common sense here. a bit of walking around the yard and a bland diet. period.