Hello all. I brought Em to the vet for a check up for some coughing. Nothing terrible, but it has been an issue for months. After the visit, which included an x-ray I left not knowing what to do.
The exam showed an increase in her weight to 10.8 an increase of almost a pound. She had a blood test about 6 weeks ago that showed a significant elevation of the CK test (this shows inflammation of the muscles) The vet heard a heart murmur;2- 3/6 This is new since August. After the x-ray, the vet showed me the films and explained what she saw. The heart size is just at the 'high' measurement, but still normal. Film showed a significant tracheal narrowing - something we knew she's had. Also showed a 'probable bronchitis', not from an infection". The treatment that the vet would use on a 'normal' dog is steroids. Obviously, the steroids would make Emmie even heavier. Vet would not prescribe them. Offered me some codeine to suppress the cough. I left without anything. The cough is not something that happens often--7-8 times a day maybe on a bad day. Nothing at night. No heart meds yet as she is not 'in heart failure'.
Any ideas for the weight? Vet said nothing can be done about that because she is on phenobarbital for focal epilepsy.