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geo. h    Posted 05-10-2004 at 17:27:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ineed a little help, i have a little dog [ part shitsu ] who was the runt of the litter, weve had probably 10 yrs., she has developed a cough may be two or three times a day like a cat with hair ball, nothing comes up but seems to be a little worse, shes had bout 3 weeks. would hart worms cause this? i havnt taken to vet yet. i was wondering if any one had any ideas. geo.h

Maggie/TX    Posted 05-10-2004 at 19:25:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
YES, heartworms could cause this cough and is probably what it is. If you don't take the dog to the vet, (and we don't believe in spending more on animal health care than we can afford to spend on the people in our house) one thing that could help is to give the dog an asperin once in a while. This was advice given to me by a girl who worked at the vet's clinic a few years ago.

Dogs can take people asperin, no problem. Wrap it in a piece of bread or something the dog will eat all at once without spitting it out. Make sure the dog has access to plenty of water and grass, as they will eat grass to make them spit up when they need to. I give our lab an asperin every other day and he's got heartworms, but it does seem to help a LOT. He's now 11 years old and does not see a vet.

The asperin helps to thin the blood and helps the clot of heartworms to be able to pass on through the heart and out the system, is what I was told. Seems to work here. With a small dog, you might want to give only half an asperin at a time, not more than once a day or every other day. Can't hurt.

rhudson    Posted 05-10-2004 at 18:39:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yes, heart worms will cause the dry cought, blood test will tell, could also be other things as others have said.

TO35    Posted 05-10-2004 at 17:47:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could be many things...asthmatic, alergy, infection of some sorts or just age, you obvivously care for her carry her to the vet...

best wishes
TO....who loves our mini polmerian...

geo. h    Posted 05-10-2004 at 17:47:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thank every one,i sure would hate to loose her, i have never seen so much love from some thing so small. geo.h.

KellyGa    Posted 05-10-2004 at 17:32:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
My FIL's dog is a small mix, and she has the cough like you are talking about. She doesnt have heart worms, but rather she is just old and her heart and such is failing. :( If you are giving heartworm meds regularly, that probably isnt it. His little dog is on meds for her condition, but eventually it will take her. I would take her on to the vet. Best Wishes, Kelly

TB    Posted 05-10-2004 at 17:30:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donn't know about hart worms, But yes some worms can do this.

Aprille    Posted 05-11-2004 at 05:14:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know you must be very nervous..If the dog has heart worm you must get meds from your vet..Also may just be an upper resp. infection..would need anti-biotics.. I hope u find the answer..keep us informed ok?

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