Dog Cough Ongoing for 2 to 3 Months
by Leslie H.
My 13 year old cocker spaniel Molly has been suffering from a cough for about 2-3 months now. I have taken her to the vet a few times.
The vet thought at first that it was a collapsing trachea. Prescribed her Hydrocodone. Didn't fix it.
Then I decided to do an x-ray, vet said it was bronchitis, prescribed Hydrocodone, Theophylline, Clavamox, and Guaifenesin, finished it all but the guaifenesin(they prescribed alot). That didn't work so I requested steroids.
They weren't wanting to do it at first because of her age, but I told them she has taken them plenty of times for her ears, she will be fine. She prescribed us prednisone. They seemed to be working, I had been on top of giving her meds every 4 hours(benadryl, sometimes guaifenesin when the cough was worse than normal), everything was great, she went a whole night without coughing which was HUGE!
I went out of town for vacation and was having a friend give her her steroids once a day, our roommate is never home during the day to keep up with the every 4 hour regimen, so we figured a friend coming once a day is better than nothing.
I returned a week later to find her cough fairly active again. It's surely not at its worst, but its way worse than when I left!
It sounds kind of wet, deep and low sounding, and her breathing is slow and labored, at least it seems that way. Her breaths are 20 breaths per minute. I say labored because I can see in her stomach an exaggerated rise and fall, where as with my 3 year old dog, I can hardly see his breaths! ha!
I researched holistic options today and purchased raw honey and licorice root so I'm giving that to her in between and gave her coconut oil with her food. I just started that so maybe I shouldn't jump the gun with submitting this, but I am desperate, am I doing the right thing?
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