Hi there, first post here
We have a 13 year old Tibetan Spaniel who has a partly collapsed Brochi. As a result he coughs. The Vet prescribed a cocktail of drugs that keeps him pretty cough-free. He is on two types of inhaler, Corvental, Prednisolone and Torbutrol.
On a daily basis he is in otherwise very good health, in fact had a great walk with him and his bro' yesterday. The trouble is that the manufacturer of Torbutrol, Pfizer, has stopped making it and won't start again until somewhen in 2012. We have had trouble getting the drug and he ran out about 2 months back, he was in a right state struggling to breathe. In the end we sourced some more Torb' and he was fine again.
The only other medicine that the Vet suggested we try in place of Torb' was Codine, it didn't work.
So we face the prospect of having to put our dog down if we can't get the drug, because he goes downhill so fast without the drug its frightening. But he is otherwise so fit and healthy its just a crying shame. We have phoned loads of Internet vets who are all out of stock....
So has anyone got any experience of something else that may help. All the other drugs he is on, help is lungs to breathe, but he needs the cough suppressing or else he just can't breathe properly.
Any help or advice greatly received. Cheers, Carl