I forgot to mention my dog was treated for ear mites as well as the Lasix for cough - the hearing loss is so profound is it remotely possible it has to do with ear mites? Thanks for any ideas
Dogs are put on Lasix for heart problems ... You might want to take your dog to a different vet.
The hacking cough is definitely from heart disease. It is a very controllable condition in the early stages when the right medication is given. My dog went on many more years with heart disease so it is treatable.
I also suggest getting a new vet. I would go to a new vet and get a complete physical done on the dog again so the right meds can be prescribed.
Until you get there, I suggest you post your question on the "ask a vet" forum. There is a doctor their that answers questions like yours and will be able to steer you in the right direction.
Best to you.
I echo the suggestion to take your dog to another vet. Preferably a heart specialist.
If the dog has been on cortisone long term, there may also be problems related to that.
My dog Naji, 70 pounds was diagnosed with congestive heart disease after a coughing session. She was given enalapril and lasix (20 mgs tabs twice a day). She seemed to be doing very well but started to cough again tonight (Saturday) when no vets are around.
I think the Doctor told me to give her two tabs of lasix if she began to cough again. All it says on the bottle is "emergency medecine" Can I do this safely? She is resting comfortably now. I am worried
my 14 year old jack russell is on lasix as well as enacard. He was having the same exact symptoms as you are describing, i would definately check on gettin his heart checked. The vet told us that he had congestive heart failure. The vet also told us that if we had not taken him to the vet as we did, he probably wouldn't have made it much longer. Good to know, our little jack russell has actually lived for over a year fine with the meds. Every once and a while, he will get a cough spasm, but I assume as long as he stays on the meds, its nothing like it used to be. Also, our vet charges, $70 a month for his meds...after doing some research, these are also human meds. I had the vet call CVS and give our prescription there, the meds are now $10.99 each per month, plus we get 2 months worth of refills before i have to call the vet again! Just a tip. Good luck.
ps, hearing loss...my little jacks hearing loss came about the same time, hearing has not come back. he hears about 25%..but the vet said it was just related to old age. heart failure might lead to some hearing loss.
My dog has been diagnosed with CHF as of yesterday. The vet gave us Lasix. My dogs symptoms are white thick flem vomit, no appetite, unable to walk, and rapid breathing. He is unable to walk without calapsing. Due to this he is not urinating as much as I feel he should be. I need serious answers ASAP. Is my dog to far gone to help. I do not want to have my dog suffer and I hear that Lasix really works. Please someone help!