Guest momof1now3 Posted August 19, 2008 Share Posted August 19, 2008 Just wondering if I could get some thoughts on this…..I’m going crazy and can’t get Lenny into the vet until Saturday for a full check up, this doesn’t appear to be “today life-threatening” but I am freaking out nonetheless. Lenny is our 10 year old greyhound, 100lbs, not overweight, and we’ve had him since he was 6. He gets a regular annual check-up and his teeth cleaned once a year. In the past week, he has begun this persistent, deep, hacking cough that appears any time he wakes up, gets up from laying down, comes in from outside, eating/drinking, and when we enter the room and he sees us. It typically stops a few minutes later but he will sometimes hack 10-20-even 30 times. There are no other clinical signs and he has no other health issues present. 2 years ago, he also did this, not as bad, but we did take him in, nothing was found aside from a “shadow” on his chest x-ray, lungs were clear, we were given antibiotics, the hack cleared up, and that was that. Worried is not the word for how I feel right now. By friend has checked him out, she’s not a vet, but she’s done this for many, many years, some of the possibilities thrown out are, that stupid spot from two years ago could be cancer, congestive heart failure, upper respiratory infection, or heartworms. I know, you are asking, heartworms?!?!?! What about his preventative maintenance, I admit, I do give him Revolution, do I do it as regularly as I should, probably not. I like to say I do it similar to a woman taking birth control pills, some of the time. In no way is it effective, and that’s my fault, which is probably why I am freaking out that this is heartworms and all my fault. I know better, I have the flippin’ medicine, the months just seem to pass by and we do occasionally miss. We are testing him for heartworm tonight, but I have to wait until I get paid on Friday to do the bloodwork and chest x-ray. Am I hoping for an upper respiratory infection? Absolutely, but he has no other symptoms at all and is not in contact with any other dogs ever. Cancer, I’m screwed, congestive heart failure, screwed again. Any other ideas what could be causing this? I have small kids and can’t imagine something happening to him, much less something that is MY fault, but I am just so worried about. Do greyhounds have a high incidence of cancer or congestive heart problems? Do they get heartworm easily? He is never left outside, but even outside for 2 minutes doing his business is time enough for a mosquito to bite. His last heartworm check was in March, by now he could have gotten them as far back as last September, since I think it takes six months for them to even show up. If it is heartworm, what do you recommend? I don’t want to do the intravenous arsenic, that sounds horribly painful, not to mention super expensive, but I would put it on Care Credit if I HAD to, but it is most certainly the VERY last option. What has worked successfully in the past for greyhounds. I know I am jumping the gun, but I want to be prepared, and if he doesn’t have heartworms, you can be sure I will never, ever, again forget his meds! Thanks to all who respond in advance! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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