I rescued a dog 2 years ago. She was abused terribly, had multiple bones broken, but turned out to be a good dog. When I first got her (Jack Russell Terrier 5 yrs old) She has a tiny cough. Didn't think much of it. Took her to the vet and they gave her medicine, with in a few weeks she got better. About a year later it came back in the winter and hasn't gone away. I found out she has a collapsed tricula and her cough grew worse and worse. Now, she's coughing 24/7. She's had an endoscopy and they saw she had a bacterial infection along with the collapsed tricula (Thought it was common in small dogs). She went on some medicine (I think steroids) which made her a little fat, but they kind of worked, then just stopped. She coughs when she get excited most of the time. If she's calm she's not coughing, but the vet said to put her down because it's not a "quality of life for her". She seems happy, always is smiling, doesn't look to be in distress even when coughing. I do feel bad about the cough, but there seriously has to be another option! If she was able to get better before there has to be a way for her to get better now. Not to kill the poor thing after all she's been through. Any other opinion would be greatly appreciated!View Thread
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