Snowball's coughing - I need help using the stethoscope!
- Snowball started coughing last week and I tried to listen to her
lungs, but couldn't really hear anything. I'm not sure where to put
the stethoscope to listen to the lungs...whether on her underside or
her back. When I put it on her underside, all I hear is her heart
and it's very prominent murmur. :-( When I put it on her back, the
sides of her back, I can't really hear anything. The acupuncture
vet was here on Thursday and she listened and said she didn't hear
anything like fluid or anything like that, but today Snowball woke
up from a sound sleep and started coughing and coughed about 25
times, this kind of "wet", wheezy sounding cough. I'm really
worried now. This is the second time in a week with this cough and
she coughed a few times last week, but I thought it was just
hairball kind of stuff, but now I don't think so. I'm worried that
there's fluid there.
She hasn't been feeling well the past week or so... a lot more
throwing up her food and being lethargic and not interested in
things, and this is with her being on the Mirtazapine, which usually
makes her feel pretty good.
Where exactly do you put the stethoscope to listen to the lungs? I
really am freaking out. I think I know these things, and then when
I want to do it, I can't do it and I can't remember how.
I hope someone is online today who can tell me.
Carol and Snowball and the gang
- Thanks everyone who wrote about using the stethoscope. I see that
many of you have difficulty with it too...I don't feel so much like
a dummy now!
Snowball had a really bad coughing attach last night and again this
morning. We had called the vet on Monday but they said they couldn't
fit us in till Friday! But this morning I asked them if we could
just bring her in for xrays, we wouldn't have to see the doctor,
just have the techs do the xrays so we could see if there was any
fluid in her chest. They said yes that they'd try to fit us in, but
we'd have to just come and wait, so we went today at noon and sat
there and waited for two hours! Finally they did the xrays and our
vet did surface to look at them and talk to us about them. The good
news is that he didn't see any fluid or anything like that. Bad
news is that he said her kidneys are so small, he couldn't see them
on the xrays. That's not good at all. :-( I'm hoping that when the
radiologist comes on rounds next Tuesday (he only comes every other
week), that he'll be able to see more about what her kidneys look
We also put in a call to the cardiologist to schedule another
ultrasound. She hasn't had one since last October, so it's time to
I'm so relieved that there's no fluid in there! I was just losing
it today watching her cough so badly.
The vet thinks it is allergies and told us to keep her inside and
keep the windows closed for a while, get some saline to spray up her
nose (yeah right!), and let it take it's course. He said we could
give her some antihistamine, but with her on the Mirtazapine and
Pepcid that already increase her heart rate and respiration, we
decided no on that. We're going to put her in the nebulizer chamber
and nebulize her for a few days. We used to do that with her angel
Ducky for his chronic respiratory infections and it always helped
him, so hopefully it'll do the same for Snowball.
Thanks again for all the support, everyone. Your sharing your
knowledge really helped us a lot. I love you guys!
Carol and Snowball and the gang
- Hi Carol-- you have done so many good things for
Snowball, which have definitely helped to extend and
augment her quality of life!
I have a stethoscope that I used for Princess in her
final weeks. She had such a gentle heart..... I still
miss her. Always will.