My 13 years old Shih Tzu, Baby has been on Fortekor medication for 2 years for her heart murmur. Recently in July, she was admitted to hospital for a week, and the vet diagnosed her with kidney disease. Baby is currently on a holistic herbal program - Canine Kidney Program by Five Leaf Pharmacy. Her BUN level dropped from 130 to 58 and Creatine is now at 1.6. Our vet advised to put her on daily drip of 250ml.
However, last week, Baby started to have breathing difficulity, wheezing, coughing. We didn't dare to hold her down as she gets very agitated when we want to administer the drip on her. Vet did an x-ray for her, found that her heart had enlarged and was pressing against her windpipe and lungs, thus causing her breathing difficulties.
Is there anyway I can help to relief her wheezing and coughing? Please kindly advise.
My dog is 13 years old, she has heart murmur and kidney disease.
She started to eat normally now but does not want to drink water on her own.
When her wheezing attacks starts, she would take in deep hard breaths of about 20 - 23 in 30 seconds. Then the attack stops for about 30 seconds and continuous again.
Last few days, these attacks have been more frequent, about at least 5 times a day.
yes, she is sleeping comfortably now.
she seems more comfortable when she is lying down sideways.
i tried massaging her lightly when she wheez and breathes very hard. Her chest enlarges alot when she has these attacks.
i just read about giving her aromatheraphy to ease her wheezing problem. not sure if it would really be helpful.
sorry, pls give me a few minutes to check. i'm in the office at the moment.
The vet said her lungs are clear, no fluid.
I noticed Baby started to wheez when we held her down to put her on the drip. She became very agitated and wheezed more. We have stopped giving her the drip on our own, I brought her to the vet yesterday for her drip. I believe that when we held her down, it stressed her heart.
Hi Dr. Fiona,
She is taking about 53 - 54 breath per minute now.
yes, this is while she is sleeping.
i started giving her the fluid near end of july, she was in a pretty bad shape then. she did not struggle at all, just laid on her side while i administered the fluid drip.
slowly, she got better, gained energy and didn't want to stay still for the drip. i brought to the vet for help with the drip, vet told me to hold her down to give her the drip. my dad helped with the 'holdiing her down'.
initial 2 weeks, she reacted quite obediently. last week, she started to get very agitated and struggled a lot more. which i think my dad used more strength to hold her and i guess it stressed her heart :(
she took the x-ray only yesterday.
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My vet just called me, she made an appt with another vet to perform an ultrasound.
Also, my vet prescribed anti histamine to calm her down. will this help?
apart from medications, would any particular position of lying or massage help to provide some relief?
its awful not being able to help her relief her hard breathing and wheezing.