(Closed) Heartworm or worse :(

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh, I am so sorry!  I probably would have done the same thing as you and not thought much of it.  I’m sending thoughts and prayers your way for Hayley!

Post # 4
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am so very sorry. I know nothing we say can help much, but you’re in my thoughts. I really hope that it is not serious and that everything turns out okay for you and Hayley.

Post # 5
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Sorry to hear that, how old is Hayley and what breed of dog? I had a staffordshire bull terrier who used to do it intermittently, but it wasn’t anything serious. Certain breeds have the occasional breathing problem, try not to worry too much. My thoughts are with you.

Post # 6
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sorry to hear that, my FMIL’s dog had a similar problem and it turned out to be a collapsed trachea, she was put on medication and limited exercise, which helped a lot. It’s a fairly common problem for toy breed dogs.

Post # 7
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know it’s hard, but try not to get too worried until you talk to a vet. It could even be something harmless.

Coughing is a symptom of many things in dogs, from serious issues (like heartworm and heart failure); to minor things (like reverse sneezing or kennel cough).


Here is “reserve sneezing”, which sounds horrible but is harmless.


Kennel cough: 


She should be on heartworm preventative at least during the summer months.


Do go see a vet, but don’t panic yet.

Post # 8
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My dog does this on occasion.  She’ll cough/hack up phlem and lick the carpet, couch, etc (which leads to her licking up a lot of her own hair).  Our vet has told us not to worry about it; she just has something irritating her throat and it goes away on it’s own in an hour or so.

Post # 10
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

@canthugallcats: Oh dear. 🙁 I don’t have any suggestions, but I just wanted you to know I share your pain. I lost my baby on Friday. The vet misdiagnosed her in the emergency room. Sending you love.

Post # 11
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Don’t let stuff online freak you out. Go to a vet.

I was getting a warm sensation in my foot last year. The internet told me I had diabetes or fibromyalgia. The real cause? Not enough B-vitamins; took a B-complex vitamin for a week and I was fine. The internet will always fill your head with the worst case scenerios.

It is USUALLY the less-serious things that go wrong. Yes, there is a chance your dog has heart disease or heart worms; but it’s more likely she just has reverse sneezing, kennel cough, or a doggie-cold.

Take her to a vet to make sure.

Post # 14
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You vet will almost never tell you “don’t worry about it”. They can’t diagnose over the phone. Not ot metnion if it is something serious and they told you not to worry about it, they could be sued. (And it’s always better to err on the side of caution, better safe than sorry.)



When’s the last time your dog had a heartworm test?

If your dog does have heartworm, she would have had to get them last summer. It’s not warm enough yet, especially in Oregon, for the heartworm’s lifecycle to do the needed steps inside the mosquito’s body before transmission is possible to other animals.



One of my dogs was coughing for nearly 2 months earlier this year. Vet said it was “just a dog cold”. Took 2 rounds of prednisone for him to get over it; but he’s fine. (And beleive me, I looked up all the scary “dog cough symptoms” you’re looking up! I totally understand why you’re worrying after reading that.)

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