I’m currently fostering a Bassett Hound who is recovering from heartworm treatments (I gave him the last oral dose yesterday, day 14). I’ve noticed tonight he sounds like he has a "rattle" in his chest when he breathes. He doesn’t seem distressed, and the Humane Society (where I work) told me he might cough some while his body is getting rid of the dead heartworms, but they didnt’ say anything about this rattle-y breathing. It sounds almost like a kennel cough type rattle. Does anyone have any experience with dogs recovering from heartworm treatments? Is this "normal"?
He’s sleeping at the moment, so I’m kind of starting to wonder if maybe he’s just snoring or sort of growling in his sleep? I’ve only had him with me for 2 days, so I don’t know if this is something he usually does when he’s sleeping. I’ll wake him up and see if it makes a difference. If not, I’ll call the kennel manager.

He’s definitely been on very limited activity (crated, except when he’s lying on the couch and watching tv with me or going to the potty) even though he’s getting pretty annoyed with me for making him rest all the time. LOL
P.S. I know I may sound a little paranoid, and it may just be snoring or normal Bassett breathing, but I haven’t ever fostered a Bassett or a heartworm recovering dog before. This dog is just so precious, I’d hate for anything to happen to him on my watch.

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