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Help - three vets and no answers
I need your help, or suggestions.
First some background. Ricco is 10.5 year old full breed Hav, we know he has a heart murmur and defective heart valves.
About 4 months ago he started getting a mild cough when he exercised. About that same time we took him to a cardiologist who diagnosed his heart conditions and prescribed him Enalapril and Vetmedin - within a week he started to have trouble walking on our hardwood floors, started bumping into things, and started coughing more. We took him off everything and went back to his main vet who checked for Lyme disease and gave us antibiotics in case he had kennel cough. Since then his condition has worsened, he doesn't lift his leg to pee, doesn't want to play, doesn't bark at people coming into the yard, has little interest in otehr dogs, paces almost endlessly with intermittent whining. His cough/choking has progressed to being intermittent at any point in the day, when ever he drinks water, often when he eats, and he gets many coughing, gagging episodes at night. He has been given Pepcid, Priolosec, Prednisone, cough meds, as well as a muscle relaxer which we opted NOT to give him - a dog weak on his legs on muscle relaxers does not work well - the vet felt maybe he had hurt his neck or had a pinched nerve. He has had xrays and his heart, while mildly enlarged is not pressing on his lungs and three different vets did not think his xrays showed Esophageal collapse.
I am not concerned about the cost this is incurring, only the frustration of not knowing if this is a series of conditions that can be treated. No vet has provided any good treatment - so, my question is to all of the Hav owners - has anyone had a similar experience and if so - what was your solution - in God willing, there was one?
Thanks in advance for reading this, and your feedback.
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