About 5 years ago was his first coughing incident and my vet then gave him a shot in the throat and for at least 3 years he didn't cough. If he runs a lot now he does cough and gasp for breath. He coughs and can sound like a goose or coughs and then sounds like he is choking or clearing his throat. he can just do a little cough. He also makes a lot of high pitched noses at times. He snores when he sleeps some of the time.
Is it possible we did not keep him on the prednisone long enough? We started the process on Dec 23.
The vet thought he heard fluid in his lungs and that is why he had the chest xray now. He had another vet look at it because of some shading but they concluded it was nothing.
Here are my questions: So if it is not collapsing trachea it doesn't hurt for him to cough?
I will check on the electrocardiagram. I know I want him to enjoy his life and not feel worse on medicine to exist.
You can tell when he feels good and when he doesn't.
How do I know if my vet is good. Should he be able to see the collapsing trachea on the x-ray. He never tried to palpitate the throat to check the cough. I think it was an assumption.
I so appreciate your patience with me. I just want to make sure I am doing the best for my best friend. I will call the vet tomorrow and discuss the congestive heart failure with him.
I can only imagine the challenges of diagnosing animals especially when there is the cost factor.
Do you have a preference of medications to treat congestive heart failure?
Does this disease progress slowly?
It sounds like i would have to restrict his playing-chasing a ball if he is coughing.
I just took dog for a slow walk but it was chilly. He came and home and coughed. He looked at me for help. So I gave him the cough medicine and he is resting.
He has to be able to enjoy his life.