My dog Bruce was dry heaving on and off for a few hours in the middle of the night. No vomiting just dry heaving. When I googled symptoms online the main issue that popped up was gdv/bloat. I called urgent care and they said they had availability. I said I wanted to monitor him a bit more and they said ok. Then they called me back saying I should bring him in if he’s dry heaving as it could be serious so I got scared and did.
Their list of tests and treatments came out to be $1,200+. I explained the symptoms over and over again. No diarrhea, no committing, just dry heaving heavily and they wouldn’t give any clue or possible explanation until I selected they performed tests. They said an X-ray would determine if he did have bloat or a foreign object stuck in his throat so I said ok but was hesitant bc he didn’t have any eating issues or nausea or diarrhea. Eventually I agreed and the results showed nothing. I agreed to the anti nausea and anti inflammation injection which helped. But after that they just said they don’t know what’s wrong but I can take him home to monitor. No other possible explanation or anything. They were suggesting pancreatitis which I knew it wasn’t bc he was want showing any signs of that. It felt like such a waste of time and money. Yes the injection was worth it bc it helped his throat be less inflamed but the X-ray was ridiculous in cost and results and lack of explanation.
When it was finally morning and I was able to speak to my friends who were dog owners, they informed me that kennel cough was going around and asked if my dogs been boarded or been around a lot of dogs recently. My dog went to day care last week and that explains it. He’s vaccinated but can obviously still get it.
I wish the vets here took the time to ask me questions behind his basic symptoms to explore other possibilities. They were a bit cold and matter of fact and wouldn’t ask questions or give me any response unless I chose a test or for them to do. It could’ve been so simple. If they know he’s dry heaving and kennel cough is a possibility that isn’t super serious esp since he’s vaccinated, why did the vets fail to ask if he’s been around other dogs lately but instead pushed these expensive and pointless X-ray. They even said bloat isn’t common in small dogs which my dog is. So for me to go home after spending $700 with zero answers is infuriating.