Our beagle Cricket was back at the vet this week. Last fall she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and put on two different medications for her condition. We were told her cough would probably never completely go away, and it did not, but lately it seemed to be getting worse. The only encouraging thing was that she has felt fine other than the cough, and her appetite has continued to be good.
X-rays were taken, but nothing alarming was seen that hadn’t been seen before. Her heart is large and there is some crackling in her lungs from fluid. While all of this is frightening as it progresses, the bright side is that so far Cricket isn’t showing any other symptoms of congestive heart failure such as difficulty breathing or exercise intolerance. She has slowed down some, yes, and exercise is sometimes bringing on her cough, but for the most part, she is doing well.
Our vet has recommended adding another medication, rather than increasing the Vetmedin or furosemide that she is already on. Hopefully this new medicine will bring that fluid down and her cough will ease up. I’m always nervous about starting new medications, so the next couple of days will be a bit stressful while we see if it agrees with her. She will go back to the vet in a week to have her lungs checked again and determine if the new medication is doing the trick.
Also concerning to me was that when Cricket got on the scale at the vet’s office, we saw that she had lost weight, almost 2 pounds. The doctor reassured us that is normal with her condition, and our vet tech suggested that since Cricket has a good appetite now, we should increase her food. Cricket says that’s the brightest side of all!
Today we are thankful that Cricket is still feeling well, and her condition is being as managed as best as it can. We know she will never be cured; maintaining her quality of life for as long as possible is the goal. So far, so good. Thank you to Brian’s Home for hosting the Thankful Thursday blog hop! Please visit other blogs through the links below.