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PostHeaderIcon When you think it’s over for your pet and it’s not |Coughing at its worst.

If you’ve read my other posts you know my dog Precious died of congestive heart failure. Now just two years later my Pomeranian Bria has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and collapsing trachea. I believe she has been doing fine with her meds for congestive heart failure and barely had any issues with her collapsing trachea at all. That was until last week.

She started coughing a lot. Day one I took her to the vet, not her regular one naturally it was the weekend and she suggested I do blood work and ex-rays. I just recently had this done so I thought what was the point I already know what she has and I was told her time is limited. So after reviewing her meds they suggested I increase her Lasix to twice a day. I should have figured that out by myself.

Since that didn’t help day two I took her back to my regular vet. He gave her a shot of predisone and felt that this would do the job.  It really had no effect on her constant coughing.

Day 3 I couldn’t stop crying I was convinced it was time to put her down. Thankfully he said he wasn’t ready to give up on her yet. This time he sent me home with Predisone pills. He also wrote me another prescription for hydrocodone which always worked before.

That night was the absolute worse night. She coughed for 45 minutes straight and would fall asleep for about an hour and start coughing again. Even though he checked her temperature originally and ruled out any infection I couldn’t stop wondering if she possibly had some bronchial infection.

I couldn’t sleep that night so I started researching online. There should be something that can help her. I think vets usually get great results by using the same products it’s hard to think out of the box.

When I returned for the fourth day he suggested another X-ray which I agreed to this time. Maybe there was something new we could discover.  After that was no use I asked him about the drug tor Trobutrol. This is a serious drug but I read it worked for other dogs collapsing trachea coughing. After consulting his book on drugs he gave her an injection. In no time she was relaxed and stopped coughing. But in case it was an infection like kennel cough I convinced my Vet to give her antibiotics also.

He asked me if I could give injections. I gave insulin before to dogs I had pet sit for so I thought I’d give it a try. What choice did I have? He said it came in pills but he would have to order them and it would be a couple of days.

I was going to be giving a shot twice a day. If you’ve ever given injections you know your suppose to pinch the skin up into a tent and give it there avoiding your fingers. She just happens to be a little overweight so that tent wasn’t very big. I was a nervous wreck but I managed. I did eventually get the pills and give her which is much easier.

I’ve been able to reduce her pills to just one every 24 or 36 hours depending how she does. The moral of my story do your own research they don’t always have all of the answers.

It’s been months since she had this episode of coughing now with a complete recovery. I ask myself all the time what if I hadn’t suggested that drug Torbutrol would I have put her down to save her the misery of what she was going through. A scary thought but I guess we must always look for answers ourselves when nothing else is working.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Collapsing trachea | what can be done to help your dog

Several years ago I wrote about my experience with my Pomeranian Precious and congestive heart failure. I never realized how many dog owners would share their stories with me.  After putting her down after her long struggle with CHF, I eventually decided I needed to get another Pomeranian.

I wanted a  dog closer in age to my other Pomeranians so I rescued a 6 year old Pomeranian who was supposedly a stray. Since she was a stray she didn’t have a name so I couldn’t help but name her Precious also. This can be annoying to some people because when I talk about my last dog I have to say Precious#1 as to not confuse her with my current Precious.

So when my new Precious developed a cough it really scared me. I thought please I don’t want to go through that so soon again. I can’t believe how grateful I was when my vet told me her heart was fine she just has the beginning symptoms of collapsing trachea.

Actually when I went home I realized this condition is not going to be any picnic either. As a pet sitter for the last 12 years I cared for a few dogs who had collapsing trachea. There was one Yorkies who I really loved whom I had the honor of pet sitting for several years who eventually just got so bad not even the surgery helped him recover.

The first year I had Precious her collapsing trachea wasn’t much of a problem but then she developed an upper respiratory infection with a runny nose and nasal congestion. This was an experience that could fill another post. When she finally recovered from this she wouldn’t stop coughing. Before she would only cough when she got excited now she coughed day and night. In the beginning the only thing to do is address the cough with cough suppressants like hydrocodone. My vet gave her that and finally we both got some sleep.

I started to do some researching about collapsing trachea online and discovered some interesting facts. The sites mentioned that before  the diagnosis of a “collapsed trachea” in most instances there will have been chronic coughing for years prior to the diagnosis.  Because of this constant assault on the trachea these tissues are weakened resulting in the severe collapsing trachea. The trachea never has a chance to become stronger.  I wondered could barking extensively also cause this problem. Precious would also go crazy barking in the morning and every time I asked her if she wanted to go out. I suddenly felt like this was something I could no longer let her do. Easier said than done but I decided to try.  Could that be why mostly small breeds like Yorkies, Pomeranians, Poodles develop collapsing trachea because they are such good yappers? Have I made her prognosis worse because I have failed to correct this behavior?

I’ve tried to eliminate her constant barking and have noticed her coughing does get worse when she gets that excited. For now she is on hydrocodone twice a day and we are dealing with it. I have noticed sometime when she starts coughing in the middle of the night I will gently rub her tummy and she will eventually stop. I guess I’ll have more to say as this condition progresses. I can only pray it won’t be as bad as congestive heart failure with Precious #1 was.

Any comments on how any dog lovers coped with it or things you may of done to help your dog’s collapsing trachea will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

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