I have always loved dogs. I wish throughout my life I had spent more time with the dogs we have had because they really are mans best friend. They always give back much more than you give them.
The hardest part of owning is dog is that more than likely you will outlive them. It is very hard to go through a dog’s death.
I have recently been going through an episode with one of our dogs. He is about ten-years-old and he is a hound mix and definitively he has some Pointer in him. We got him a number of years ago from a no-kill shelter. I guess it has been six years now. It was summer and I wanted to do something with our youngest son and I thought volunteering at the shelter would be fun for both of us to “bond.” Predictably it only took a couple of weeks and he wanted to buy a dog. As is usually the case kids win out and we got the dog. He has been a great dog over the years. He is not a big problem and is well trained and he is affectionate.
I thought I could help the reader in two ways. When you own a dog be sure to create a relationship with your veterinarian. I only say that because in this current situation we have with our dog the veterinarian has gone above and beyond to help us with our animal.
There is a condition dogs get called “Kennel Cough.” It is easy to identify because the dog coughs all the time. It is very contagious and takes several weeks to go away. Sometimes medication will work but not always.
My wife who is a nurse was able to identify that perhaps he had congestive heart failure because of the way he was coughing. Indeed when we took him to the vet they diagnosed congestive heart failure. I wonder if we picked up o this soon enough.
Hopefully, you will be able to watch your dog and take a look at the possibility of congestive heart failure. The symptoms are a hacking cough, rapid breathing, no interest in food and a change in their normal behavior.
The medication given for this problem is inexpensive. They are Enacard, Furosemide and Vetmedin.
It is worthwhile to talk to your veterinarian so they can help you with the decision about how to treat your dog and in the event it is too far advanced how to help your dog be comfortable, in sort of a hospice mentality.
Your dog is of course important to you and hopefully this article will help you be aware of a condition that may at some point begin to assert itself.
Personal Experience and Knowledge