My Happy is a 19 to fm rat terrier she has been coughing since I can remember when ,,,after she took a drink, that we are used to , she has developed the hack in the night and sometimes not even making a noise I just feel her next to me and her chest moving. She acts if there is something to hack out and she is forcing it out but never anything to show for it. Her hack has turned to a raspy hack the last 2 days, and her breath is like socks again, it was before when she had a tumor taken off that was non ca, however she now has two more lumps, is the lumps something to do with the yack? She is just so old most vets won't touch her and other than that she acts 5....What to do???????????????
***Edited By: happister on 10/31/2008 12:04:52 PM*** Reason: please offer some advise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My personal opinion, is at her age, I wouldn't do much. It sounds like she had lived a wonderful happy life with you, and now the risk of putting her under for anything, is greater then the problem she is having. I have a 16yr old, that has some tumors, and every once in a while has a couple of issues. We decided we were not going to do anything unless he is in extreme pain. He is a lab/shar pei mix, and figure he doesn't have much time left. We would rather have him around the way he is now, and put him down when the time arrises, then put him under to have anything looked at and lose him.
We all wish they would live forever, but you have to think about your baby. Is it worth the stress of everything, and maybe not being right after being under (ie: brain damage), just to possibly have a few more months then you did.
My family's personall opinion was no. We would rather Bear lived his life out like he normally would and when it was his time, we asked him to let us know.
If you can do something to help your baby if she is in pain, I would do it as long as it was simple. Otherwise enjoy her for what little time she may have left
often a cough is thought to be almost kennel cough but it is their heart. congestive heart failure will make fluid fill the lungs. Have your vet listen to your dog. It is prob age related! What a wonderful long, full life.
Why is it-you can meet a stranger on the streets and start sharing your stories about each others dogs and leave that same street friends?? They are like a bag of Chips-You can't just have one!!!
If your dog does have congested heart failure, there are drugs like lasix (diuretic) to take away some of the fluid, plus other cardiac drugs. She could live out the end of her life comfortably if you take her to the vet. Good luck with her.
I have seen dogs with tumors in their throat, cutting off alot of the airway, Have her head, neck and chest x-rayed to check for a couple of things all at once. Have you ever tried to raise her bowls up off the ground so he doesn't have to lower his head so much.
When I look up into the sky, I think to myself, Wheres the ceiling?