My poor Quinn. She's such a sweet girl - always gives kisses (even when they aren't wanted) and loving to cuddle.
And keeping me awake all night. *sigh* I was ready to send her out into the kennel. :( She has always had a cough - practically since we got her in 2002. It sounds like she's got a popcorn kernel stuck in her throat and she hacks with her whole body heaving.
We've dealt with that issue and we give her half a pill (it's some sort of steroid) when it seems to get worse.
But now we're dealing with some other type of cough. It's horrible. We've already taken her to the vet - had ex-rays taken and blood tests. Nothing. It's not kennel cough. Her blood work was really good for a dog her age. The ex-rays showed some decent arthritis in her back (I've been massaging her back more now). But no reason for the extra coughing. And it does not respond to the same pills.
And last night it was nothing but coughing. It's a horrible hacking and heaving sound from deep in her chest. You can almost hear her wheezing. It's like she has some sort of allergy but it is only at home. When she's at daycare they tell me she doesn't cough and she didn't cough once at the vet.
I feel SO bad for her...I know how exhausting it is for us when we have a bad cough. I don't know how to help her. Rubbing her throat doesn't do anything to help. No wonder she's got so much extra weight on her - she is so tired all the time her metabolism is probably running on empty. My poor baby.
I'm going to call the vet again today. *sigh* The only thing I can think of is they will have to keep her for a day or more and see if she coughs there. Maybe even putting her under anesthesia (which I hate doing ... especially as she gets older) and look down her throat. :(
We started changing her food because it seems to me that this extra cough started after we changed her food to the Kirkland mature brand (I know...I know...not the best choice but we needed food). We're going to switch everyone over to the Solid Gold brand. And hopefully the B.A.R.F diet. We have to go super slow for Trooper because he has the world's most sensitive stomach and I don't feel like dealing with explosive diarrhea. (oh yes, it is very bad!) So far though we've got Quinn into a half Solid Gold and half Kirkland and I don't see a difference. I was hoping we could solve it through healthier eating.
My poor baby girl!!!