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Old July 28th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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I am new to this forum and found it only by having a mini breakdown this weekend. Why do things always happen on weekends?
Anyway, my dog, Rascal is 12 years old and recently began coughing and hacking. Then his appetite went way down, urination up and drinking a lot!
Took him to our vet (2 weeks ago) and he thinks it congestive heart failure. Gave us dialating pills????
He is getting thinner and eating less, no energy. Just not the same dog. Do I accept that he is getting old and dying?
I just feel we might be missing something. So I made an appt. with a new vet for today and hopefully they will do some more tests to try and determine what is going on and how to make him more comfortable.
Wondering if there are any tips or websites for taking care of an elderly dog, do's and don't. Up until now, he has been energetic, happy and sociable. Now he is so lethargic
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Old July 28th, 2008, 08:49 AM
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Hopefully the new Vet will shed some light on what is ailing your dog and come up with a treatment plan, rather than just putting it down to old age. BTW welcome to the Forum.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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I am just wondering if your vet did any bloodwork?
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Old July 28th, 2008, 03:44 PM
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senior dog, new info, yet still a mystery

Just back from the vet and they did do blood work. Ruled out all sorts of things, kidneys are functioning ok, no heart worm. Heart sounds good. So the mystery remains. At least this doc tried more things. Next is xrays of throat and chest in case he ate something that is blocking or stuck in his throat. He is a dog afterall.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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hello and welcome to the group! I'm a newbie too, but so far this seems to be a great site. Sorry, to hear about your dog, hopefully you guys find out what the problem is quick! What breed of dog is he? Large breed dogs do tend to live shorter lives...
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