Has anyone ever had this happen with their Golden before?
I've been reading the forums a while, but I've never actually made an account until now. Our golden, Cookie, makes 7 years this year. She was mainly an outside dog, but we'd bring her in at night. About a month ago we decided to bring her inside permanently since she was getting up in age. Everything was fine, but she stopped eating. She would only eat table food. About a week ago, she started to slow down tremendously. Her nose started bleeding and she was losing weight due to the little amount of food she was eating. About three days ago, we noticed she had a very large amount of fluid in her abdomen. We brought her to the vet and all of her bloodwork came back normal. She also had normal x-rays. We were then referred to an emergency vet. We brought her yesterday and they were still not sure of what is causing it. They did say she was heartworm positive and that it was possible that the heartworms were causing this, but there is no fluid in her chest, so this makes them think otherwise. They also mentioned that it could be heart disease, but they're also not sure about that. The last possible thing they said it could be was Pyometra, but this is the least likely of the three. The only way they are able to truly find out what it is is to do an ultrasound, but at this point we have spent $600+ on vet expenses and we cannot afford to really do anything else. They sent us home with Furosemide and Enalapril, but it hasn't seemed to do much. Euthanization is the very last thing we want to do, but Cookie is miserable and there doesn't seem to be much else we can do. The fluid brings her down so much that we have to carry her to use the bathroom. It's really sad to see her like this because she's always been such a playful, happy dog. Even through all this she still wags her tail happily for us. Has anyone here ever experienced the symptoms that Cookie has with one of their Goldens and has an idea of what this is? Thanks.
Last edited by NOLA30; 02-10-2013 at 04:34 PM.