Posted by Jojo (Toronto, Ontario) on 03/29/2015
Hi Everyone, My 11 years old Shitzu-Poodle dog has been coughing since November last year. I went to the vet to find out what it is. The vet prescribed a Kennel cough med. We gave him twice but never go away. We took him to another vet to seek another opinion and the vet advised to video when he is coughing. After showing the video, the vet said he needs Xray so had xray. The results showed he has an enlargement of the heart. The vet gave us a Furosemide 20 mg once a day. I noticed my dog drinks water like a cow and never stop peeing. I studied Biology myself and did research on side effects of the meds so I am worried that his kidney will be working like crazy.
My dog is coughing but not too often like twice a day. At night he slept well and coughs maybe in the morning once or if I pick him up off the bed, pressing his chest to put him on the floor. He is very happy and eats well and we continue to gave his Wellness food under healthy weight management level. We put him on diet as he gained weight during long wintery weather as he sleeps all day. He loves to play and continues to go for 30 minutes walk whenever he could.
I am very happy to find your website with an amazing reference on this type of condition. With tons of opinions under similar circumstances I am hopeful that my dog's condition will improve. We took him off the Furosemide pill. We gave him a Nordic Fish Oil and All Natural Kibble Booster along with home cooked food. We are seeing a Holistic Vet Doctor this coming April 1st to have an assessment then see what kind of Holistic Med he suggested. Also I would like to try the supplements you all suggested on line and see how it works. I also gave my dog with Good Digestion Enzymes from Biopaw.com which has all kinds of probiotic and green ingredients.
I need help about where to buy those lists of supplements that all of you gave to your dog? I found Milk Thistle, L Carnitine in Whole Food store but attendant not sure if it's ok for pet. Any website to buy this product that anyone can share a link please? Please help me...thank you so much!!! Josephine