|Barked: Tue Nov 11, '08 11:29am PST |
|Hi. This is my first post here, and it's made out of desperation. I recently adopted a wonderful little black pomeranian, Bianca (she came with the name), from the county shelter. She's seven years old, about six pounds, and has had a tough life. She has had five owners that I can track (she came with some records) and has ended up in the shelter three times. Most recently, she was a seizure from a hoarding situation, and was adopted and returned because she was sick and they didn't want a sick dog. I've had her for three months now and, despite her background, she is wonderful. (My first little dog ever--I prefer shelter dogs and whatever one needs the home most.) She is sweet, tolerant of anything (that comes from probably having to keep dealing with different situations), not yappy, not high strung. Gets along with everyone and every animal. I adore her.
She has, since I've had her, had a constant cough/gagging thing going on. At least 20-30 times a day. I'm not the kind of person who goes on websites to seek answers--she has been to the vet at least 8-10 times. She does NOT have a trachea problem; her trachea looks perfect. They have put her on medication to resolve a possible lingering respiratory/pneumonia/allergy problem that might be causing the problem. (It is also not kennel cough.) She's had several x-rays, been on various antibiotics, and is currently on small daily doses of lasix and medrol.
Nothing has improved it. It gets worse periodically, but never resolves.
She is not a sickly dog, except for this. She is in very good health, active, no fever, no other symptoms, gets monthly grooming. Doesn't shed hardly at all, even with all of her fur.
She IS a big of an obsessive licker of her own feet/legs. There are no skin problems causing thsi. She has no signs of anxiety, and is overall a calm and quiet dog (unless there's a squirrel around).
BUT, the coughing/gagging is just awful to hear. She hacks several times until SOMETHING appears to come up (which she then swallows, so I can't see what it is). This happens a LOT. Too often to ignore and not try to find out what it is.
My question: Can a Pom get hairball problems? I'm at my wits end (and my vet is out of ideas), so I thought I'd go to the REAL experts--other Pom owners.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by author Tue Nov 11, '08 11:32am PST
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