Coughing dog heart murmur

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1402901 tn?1283138512 Our dog has been diagnosed with a heart murmur. The vet said it's getting worse. She's about 5 or 6 pounds overweight and we only take her for short walks now. Her legs tremble quite a bit now and then. Other than low-salt diet and medication - what can we do for her? Thanks for your time!
Avatar f tn Especially smaller dogs. A heart murmur is nothing more then an abnormal sound when you auscultate (listen to) the heart with a stethoscope. The most common clinical signs that you see are the ones that your veterinarian described. Coughing and tiring easily. Their are 2 approaches one could take. First would be the conservative approach. That would be the watch and monitor approach that your veterinarian suggested.
Avatar n tn I had a chihuhahua that had a heart murmur for 10 years died at the age of 17 due to old age and other problems not heart.
Avatar n tn My dog had severe heart disease but was fine..I had to put her down because of kidney failure recently (I feel so sad still). However, She had heart disease for 5 years. She was on lasix (waterpill), enapril, another type of diaretic and vetmedin...It worked very well at keeping her lungs clear...Her cough calmed down almost completely and lived a comfortable, happy life. She had a very enlarged heart, but the meds still worked to you!
Avatar n tn Ultimately, an echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart could be important to determine the cause of the heart murmur. I hope this has helped.
Avatar m tn The only clinical symptom he has is that heart murmur and some coughing with excitement. Though, he's started to cough during rest a few times. His coughs are not bad though, very mild. His breathing is fine and his activity is fine. He has become a picky eater in the last 2 months or so. Despite all this the vet said he is not in heart failure yet but is on his way.
Avatar f tn Any serious medical condition can manifest with slightly different symptoms from dog to dog. A great deal is up to the dog himself. I agree with the decision to try to treat the condition medically. Truly, that is all you can do. It will either help enough to buy some more comfortable time, or it won't. Let your dog's behavior be your guide.
670955 tn?1226601500 Last year, he had surgery to remove a stone from his bladder and has at least one stone in his kidneys and was on Hill's U/D dog food. Now with the congestive heart failure, he is taking Furosimide. Benazepril, and Vetmedin. Although there was some concern that he was refusing to eat Hill's U/D any longer, our vet believed that getting him to eat was the most important thing. For the past month I have been boiling chickens and cooking brown rice in the chicken stock.
147803 tn?1234403260 She said she thought Max has an echo or possibly a small heart murmur. 2 weeks later I went to get his 2nd shots...same thing happened. She said that she cannot say for sure if it was a murmur or an echo, but if it was a murmur, then he would likely outgrow it. 4 weeks later i took him to a different vet to get his last shots and that vet said Max had a grade 6 murmur and was going to die, possibly of sudden death. I was shocked...going from possibly nothing, to a HUGE deadly murmur.
Avatar f tn My vet took xrays of his lungs and showed me the enlarged heart and edema. He always had a heart murmur which was a stage 3 in late November, progressed to stage 5 today. He began coughing, and vomiting over the weekend so I knew something was up. He had a Lasix shot today, nitroglycerin applied to his ear and is now going to take Vetmedin 1/2 tablet twice per day, Enalaparil, 1/2 tab twice per day and Lasix 12.5 mg. bid.
Avatar f tn There are forms of heart and lung disease that can go undetected because there is no heart murmur, and no unusual sounds when the chest is ausculted, and no abnormalities are visible on X-Rays. Some of these diseases can only be discovered with an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound). Did your vet do preanesthetic chest X-Rays, or blood work? Even if your vet had, the X-Rays could have been normal a month ago.
Avatar f tn Did your vet happen to mention which parts of the heart were enlarged (right, left, generalized cardiomegaly?) Heart murmurs can definitely progress to failure and should be carefully monitored every 6-12 months if the patient is not clinical. They can stay the same grade for the rest of the animal's life as well.
Avatar f tn When he was 11 discovered heart murmur. Now I think we have trachea problem(common in little guys) A week of coughing fits, now today I smell really nasty odor. I think coming from his mouth. Checked his teeth and they are bad, but he is too old to go under. He is eating, going outside to do business, and wags his tail when dad comes home from work. I think age is taking its toll. Not sure I want to hear what the vet will say.
Avatar m tn As for the heart murmur, the treatment depends on exactly what type of heart defect is causing the murmur. Since your vet predicted that the dog would start coughing, and the dog has in fact started coughing, I take it that it is not a benign murmur. In my nonprofessional opinion, most likely the murmur is due to valve disease, and the cough is a symptom of congestive heart failure.
Avatar m tn totally clear Heart: Small murmur which he called barely grade 1 Treatment: He did not think that the cough related to the heart or lungs. He thinks the neck/airway is the problem. Suggested that I try an Anti-inflammatory and see what happens. If nothing changes... then neck and chest x-rays. He said to stop the lasix and finish the tetracycline. Sent me home with Temaril-P (3 tablets twice a day for 4 days and then 1 tab twice a day until gone).
Avatar f tn I have been warned to watch out of difficulties in breathing since he has heart murmur. The whole episode ended when I carried him. He did that again when we reach home. The thing didn't occur again after his meal. And not long after he is running around jumping. Luckily I remembered that one of the sign for out of breath is opening the mouth wide which my dog didn't. So I googled and found your thread! Thank goodness!
Avatar f tn We would need to know much more to advise you. At 11 years with cloudy lungs, a heart murmur and some sort of infection, I would say the outlook is not good. But one never knows. If the veterinarian is recommending euthanasia it could be worse than we know. I think within a few days you should know if he is improving or getting worse and you may have your answer.
Avatar n tn I am now the crazy lady that is talking to my imaginary dog. I am sure it will get easier but I will never forget her and she will always be in my heart. Every day the tears have been less and I know I will meet her again at the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for taking the time to respond to everyone and for truly caring about these wonderful furry friends of ours.
661200 tn?1225486613 Brandy was first diagnosed with CHF 8 years ago. I thought she had a cold as she kept coughing all the time. Her heart rate started going out of this world and it was then that I decided to take her to the Vets. See, she was my Mother's dog and me and my husband have always been Cat People. They are usually self-sufficient and, needless to say, I really didn't know what to look for in a sick dog. Once we got to the vets, she was quite bad off.
Avatar m tn As a result of all those steroid injections and antibiotics from previous skin infections - he now has a heart murmur. I've changed vets and the new vet did an ultrasound on his belly to find out if the problem was in his brain "petuitary gland" or his belly "adrenal gland". Most common is in the brain. My guy - it's adrenal. Both of his adrenal glands are large with tumor.
1623561 tn?1299944237 My sweet 14 year old Pomeranian had an episode of Congestive Heart Failure 2 weeks ago. He was treated successfully and responded well to the Lasix, etc. However, when he had his follow-up work a few days later, his kidney levels were bad - over 11 phosphorus, high BUN and creatinine. We took him to the hospital for hydration and the BUN came down to 87, creatinine a little above normal. On follow up a couple days later his BUN was 140, creatinine 2.8, and phosphorus normal.
Avatar n tn How do you know the cough is from CHF? I've never heard of a dog with heart problems not put on a Heart medication along with Lasix (Fluid Pill)... This doesn't sound to me like your dog is getting the needed care from your Vet.....I agree w/you.....Please, come back and let me know more.....
Avatar f tn Heart murmurs are graded from1 to 6 and 6 is the highest and most severe level. Your dog was diagnosed with a grade 6 heart murmur, the most severe type. Your dog became bloated (which is called ascites) which probably means that she had right sided heart failure with secondary problems in her liver. This accompanies very late stage heart failure usually.
Avatar f tn Our dog was diagnosed with CHF and a grade V heart murmur. She is 11, almost 12 years old. She had a couple of fainting episodes within a week that the vet said would happen from time to time. After adjusting her meds she was much better. Now about a month later, she started coughing and had another episode. It wasn't nearly as long, but I can't help but panic. We also noticed that lately she holds her urine until someone comes home.
Avatar m tn My 12 year old cavalier was diagnosed many years ago with a heart murmur. 45 days ago he entered full CHF. He is on the typical meds. I thought he was doing well. Coughing all but stopped. But, he was peeing as he walked around the house. He doesn't seem to notice. Today's appointment showed the meds were apparently working and managing the CHF, but wait hold on, what's that....he has developed a tumor in his mouth about the size of the top section of my pinky.
Avatar n tn It's a relief to know there are people out there experiencing the same thing as me. I was born with a heart murmur but it supposedly healed. I have experienced palps since as long as I can remember. I am 26 female and I feel them more than ever. Sometimes I feel like i am going to die when my heart races and I feel so nausiated. I have 2 young children and I don't want to leave them. I have gone to the doctor and she did an EKG and blood work and everything was fine.