Hi folks. I took Zarita into the vet for a check on her heart. Bad news. She has now developed some swelling in her abdomen (ascites-medical term) and the heart now is beating somewhat irregularly also. she has some muscle waisting in her upper front part of her chest. Vet would NOT x-ray, nor draw blood, nor give a rabies vaccination. "Too strenuous for her"!!! I think the vet is a little pesamistic, but who can tell. Meantime, Zarita continues to eat, poop, pee, bark at the squirrels etc. She does show some signs of difficulty breathing after she eats. When she lies down, you can see sort of a 2 'layer' breathing pattern. First the chest rises, then the abdomen.
The vet gave me the choice of increasing the lasix to a full pill a day, instead of the 1/2 tablet she gets now. I decided not to increase it for now. Her weight went up from 6.3 to 6.8 pounds in 5/6 months. Any ideas for anything else that might help? She takes lasix, vetmidin, and one other heart medication I can't think of right now.