Thanks Chartreux for your reply. I am afraid the dog may be a big part of my problem. Just the oder from incontinence is bad and he won't allow me to bath him so I think the smell from him is what is getting me. It will probably be easier if I do have him put down now than get closer to the holidays and maybe get even sicker. As far as the surgery, I am not worried about it. Have had too many major ones to let this one get me. The only thing I don't like is having to get up so early in the AM to get to the hospital as everything is outpatient now unless you are on your last legs. But I will get thru this and will keep posted on how I manage. Appreciate your help very much.
Hi Groovey, thanks for your reply. I am just taking it day by day with the dog. He is still eating and wags his tail. I just don't have the heart to do this so I guess I am going to put it off as long as possible without making my poor baby suffer. I think you can tell when their life no longer has any quality and that is what I am looking for. I do have another poodle so will still have dog company but my other dog was picked out by my Mom when she came to live with us so there are a lot of memories there. Will let you know whatever happens and thank you so much for your concern.
Thanks for the info, Gonuts. I have good days and bad days. Today is good. The albuterol and azmacort work well for me so my dr. wants me to stick with this treatment. Read one of your earlier posts. I too had to go to a pulmonary function specialist and cardiologist. Took all the tests to the tune of very much expense. No lung function problems and no heart problems. I guess it is just asthma and bad allergies. This only started this year when I had bronchitis 3 times over the winter. I used to get asthma induced by a cold or respiratory infection but when that cleared up no more wheezing. Why all of a sudden the wheeziing every day is a mystery to me. My internist doesn't know why either. She suggested a second opinion from a lung specialist. I will go eventually, but have to have some minor surgery (unrelated) first. I am thinking that this may stop as soon as we have a hard freeze. I may also be having problems from my dog(poodle) as he is incontinent and smells bad. He is almost 17 and on last legs but still putting off having him put down. It's too heartbreakiing. But it will be soon i'm sure and the hard freeze is probably 3-4 weeks away here. So hopefully things will improve. I think symbacort is for people with worse airway constriction than what I have. But may ask dr. for xopenex the next time as everyone says it works so well. Strange that albuterol doesn't bother me.