A couple of months after his death our other westie named Molly was diagnosed with WLD, her condition deteriorated so much so that her breathing became very laboured, her whole body would rise and fall with each breath. In the last week of her life she was having trouble even walking to the bottom of our garden and would occasionally trip. We bought a dog buggy for Snowy and passed this to Molly so that we could go for walks with her. Up until a couple of weeks ago she would walk a short distance and then we would push her in the buggy; our other westie is 2 years old, he needs exercise so the buggy meant we could all go for a long walk. We took her for walks around conkers and also went to Anglesey on holiday in july with her.
How to help: Call your doctor immediately if you suspect whooping cough. Babies under 6 months will need to be hospitalized. The infection is treated with antibiotics, and other adults and children in your household may need preventive antibiotics and a booster shot to avoid getting sick. (Whooping cough is highly contagious, and immunity begins to wane five years after immunization.) Antibiotics will clear up the infection after about five days if they're started early enough, but your child's cough may linger for months and also return when she gets subsequent respiratory infections.
1 Shake the bottle and take off the dust cap.
2 Blow your nose gently.
3 Close one nostril with your finger as shown on the printed leaflet in your pack, and put the nozzle in the other nostril. Tilt your head forward slightly and keep the bottle upright. Hold the bottle as shown.
4 Start to breathe in slowly through your nose. While you are breathing in press down firmly on the collar with your fingers. A spray of fine mist will go into your nostril.
5 Breathe out through your mouth.
6 Repeat step 4 to use a second spray in the same nostril.
7 Remove the nozzle from this nostril and breathe out through your mouth.
8 Repeat steps 3 to 6 for your other nostril.
9 After using your spray, wipe the nozzle carefully with a clean tissue or handkerchief, and replace the dust cap.