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Old 09-29-2012, 10:44 PM
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Heart Murmur & Enlarged Heart

My dog is my best friend. She goes everywhere she can with me. She's always by my side. She's special, ya know? There's not many dogs that can just have that special place in your heart.. okay, onto my story/question.

Thursday night I heard my 8 year old chihuahua doing this weird breathing thing. It kinda sounded like her reverse sneezing sorta thing. Friday it was worse and by today she couldn't even get up without making noise. It's mostly fine if she is laying down. I took her to the vet and the vet said she had a heart murmur. She rated it a 3 almost 4. We then go an X-Ray done and she has an enlarged heart. It's tall, as she said. She thinks her heart is pushing on her trachea and making it tickle. She also mentioned she didn't hear any fluid in her lungs but did say there was some on the x-ray. She gave us medicine for a cold because she wanted to rule this out first. It's for 14 days but she gave us enough for 7 and told us to call back in a week whether is works or not. If it works, I need more.. if not, I need something for her heart. She said she wants her to have an ultrasound soon but it's $350. I know I shouldn't read stuff on the internet, but i've read about some valve thing where dogs live only another 9 months. I'm very worried. Has anyone ever been through this?
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I could be wrong but I think a collapsing trachea is a common chi thing. You should be using harnesses vs collars if you are not already. As far as the other...I dunno...I wish you and your pup the best!
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I recently foster failed a kitten who was diagnosed with a grade 3-4/6 heart murmur and a PDA at that (requires surgery if the valve doesn't close). We went to a specialist and had an echocardiogram done to find out she has a grade 3/6 murmur and not one the specialist is at all concerned about

I believe an enlarged heart can mean heart failure yes? I could be wrong, sorry I don't remember. I suggest the echocardiogram as its so worth the money and gives you definite answers an xray cannot.
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I could be wrong but I think a collapsing trachea is a common chi thing. You should be using harnesses vs collars if you are not already. As far as the other...I dunno...I wish you and your pup the best!

We do use a harness and the x-ray said her trachea is fine. Thanks!
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I recently foster failed a kitten who was diagnosed with a grade 3-4/6 heart murmur and a PDA at that (requires surgery if the valve doesn't close). We went to a specialist and had an echocardiogram done to find out she has a grade 3/6 murmur and not one the specialist is at all concerned about

I believe an enlarged heart can mean heart failure yes? I could be wrong, sorry I don't remember. I suggest the echocardiogram as its so worth the money and gives you definite answers an xray cannot.
She didn't say much more than "enlarged heart" and stuff. The stuff I googled did say stuff about enlarged heart being a sign of heart failure. I am going to try and get the ultrasound/echo done as soon as I can. That's great news about your foster kitten!
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ty! I would get care credit if you don't have it already. $300 on CC I believe warrants for 6 months interest free payment Oh and I started a chipin (chipin.com) account for her and I got enough donations from friends and even her original foster mom to pay for the echocardiogram and some left over in case she needed surgery which I in turn donated to my rescue
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Please do get the echocardiogram. That's your best bet at knowing what is wrong with the heart and if you need heart medications.
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