Good Morning and welcome. I am Dr. Loretta , a licensed veterinarian and am happy to answer your question.
I am so sorry to hear about Chewy's episodes. This must be frightening for you and for him.
I have a few questions to help me better assist you.
Did Chewy eat anything different prior to the most recent episode?
Has he been coughing more lately?
Does Chewy appear depressed recently?
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Chewy ate four small meals a day since he is unable to eat large meals. He ate Hill's Science Diet and his last small meal was 10:30 PM. He has not eaten anything differently.
He has been coughing on and off for months, but for the past week, he has been coughing alot at night and has vomitting episodes. We had a complete bloodwork doen at the vet 3 days ago and everything came out well - Kidney an Liver was good, and stool and urine sample was fine. The vet listened to the heart and it was normal also. His white blood cell count is also higher.
So he is coughing more at night only. He does not cough in the daytime - it looks like there is saliva/mucus buildup in his mouth at night - then he would start to vomit.
Yes, Chewy appears more depressed after his edema ruptured (it is fully healed now).
Does that make sense to you, Christine?
Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please Reply so I can clarify for you
Thank you so much, Christine for your kind rating and generous bonus. It is very much appreciated! Do not hesitate to contact me with any other concerns that you may have about Chewy's condition. If you have other questions, please Reply. I know you are very worried about him...I hope he does well...I will check in with you in a few days...
Have a great day!!
Chewy has been doing well since I last contacted you (8/10) As soon as you've pointed out that he might have a CHF, I started to do research about it. I've been suspecting that also; but my vet never brought it up even when I described the exact symptoms that I mentioned to you.
Anyway, I did not give Chewy his complete prescription of meds; only Lasix (twice a day), Rimady, and pepcid. He did not vomit at all (till today, and it has been five days). I've realized that when he started to have upset stomach, he began to vomit for hours. The gagging, chocking, muscles spasm, drooling, and turned out to be symptoms of seizures. I've watched videos posted on You Tube about seizures in dogs; and what Chewy was having are exactly like the ones described in those videos.
I contacted my vet on Monday (8/12) he wanted to change the dog's prescriptions of the medicine and introduce new ones. I've decided not to follow his advice, because I believe that having too much medications can give him stomach upset that always lead to vomit and seizures. I just make sure that Chewy goes out to pee often (especially before bedtime) since he takes lots of liquid (and Lasix) during the day. I also notice that his coughs much less during at night.
I don't think seeing a cardiologist would enhance Chewy's life and perhaps he or she would add more medicines. However, I will have my first appointment with a holistic vet tomorrow who also does acupunture. My primary concern is to make Chewy comfortable while managing his CHF to the best I can and as long as Chewy is still have good quality of life. Overall, he still eats, walks, and barks, except with much slower pace. Thanks you.