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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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2 Responses to “When you think it’s over for your pet and it’s not |Coughing at its worst.”

  • AmyMarie71 says:

    I have a rare Biewer Terrier..they came over from Germany in 2004 and have yet to be recognized by the AKC. He has not been diagnosed with CHF YET but does have a stage 4 murmur and has been coughing mainly in the morning when getting up, when I come home and during excitement and before bed. Once he is settled in, he makes it almost through the night but I might hear him cough once. Like most smaller breeds, it is the mitral valve disease and is usually caused by bacteria (bad oral hygiene).

    I didn’t play around and went straight to a cardiologist where they did an echo. His heart is enlarged and pushing upwards on the trachea causing the cough, for his lungs were clear (this was 3-4 months ago). He is on the Vetmed and Enalapril for now, for there is no need for the Lasix at this point. He goes in for another xray and check-up this spring.

    Now, my question to you is isn’t it scary that you had to mention to a “supposedly” very well educated vet that you wanted to try
    Trobutrol? To me that is disturbing. You are paying him to do his homework whereas you had to do it for him online in the middle of the night due to your distress. That is just crazy! But in his defense, he is a regular vet and not a specialist (cardiologist). We also have to look at our own financial abilities and make choices.

    I decided to invest in pet insurance due to the fact that this was a new breed. To this day they are still looking into the health issues that might sneak up in this breed. Doing so, I am able to afford (to an extent) higher end care and seek a specialist in this specific area. I trust my cardiologist and her educating me in what to look for has made me comfortable. Junebug is only on the Vetmed & Enalapril and I am happy with that. I know what to look for and when to make an appt. with her if his symptoms get worse so we can go from there. No reason to over-medicate when symptoms are just not there (clear lungs = no Lasix).

    Hope your babies are doing well and holding there own. Just thank goodness you had more knowledge at the time than your vet!

    • Sue Huss says:

      I just think vets are used to using the same protocol for all their patients much like regular medical doctors. Perhaps they forget how to think out of the box.
      While the torbutrol worked good for my Bria 3 different times her last episode nothing worked. I gave her several doses of torbutrol and gave her hydrocodone several times just so she would have a little peace until I was able to take her to the vet in the morning.
      We both realized she was just at the end and I had to put her down December 4th just 2 weeks ago. I hope your baby continues to do good. Blessings to both of you.

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