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Old 01-05-2018, 01:48 AM
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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.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:40 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that Susan
I wonder if it be worth to get a 2nd opinion. I know you have been going to the same place for a very long time and they know her best.
I honestly don't have anything else to add.
I'm guessing she eats as is very little and it's the medicine that puts on the weight.
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Old 01-06-2018, 12:47 AM
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Ari, thanks for the post. This is a multi-vet staffed practice. She has been seen by another vet there. They both seem to think nothing much can be done because of her weight, which is caused by phenobarbital. If she doesn't take this medicine she has 'ghosts' chasing her! Very disturbing to see a dog bolt out of her bed and race to her pen looking over her back at 'the ghost'. It took a neurology vet to diagnose the focal epilepsy. I heard from someone on the forum that their chihuahua had the same diagnosis, but I haven't heard from them recently. Em also 'air snapped' at imaginary things too.
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Have you thought about changing her food? I donít know what she eats now but maybe her food isnít helping her lose weight. There are multiple brands of food that are grain free, organic and holistic while still being affordable. And what about excercise? My chi wonít go on walks anymore because itís getting cold but maybe some more movement could also help your pup? Iím happy to see such a responsible dog mom though! Wish you both the best!
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Old 01-06-2018, 04:17 PM
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Karina, Em is eating a premium grain free kibble now. About 390 calories/cup. She gets a total of 1/4cup per day in several feedings. I am now giving single kibble during meals so that she doesn't get 'people food'. The total with the dinner kibbles is 1/4 cup a day. The vet recommended 'Science Diet, light". I really don't want to start that food! I am going to my dog food store and look at quality low calorie foods. Of course I just bought two bags of food! Exercise is a real problem. I am almost 80 and have balance problems and don't walk much. I have 2 chi's and I wish they would retrieve, but Em looks at me and says 'you threw it, you go get it'!! When the other (younger) chi tries to play with Em, the result is that the younger pup runs around Em! She has never been one to play. Maybe a doggie care might help?
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Old 01-07-2018, 12:21 AM
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So she's only getting about 97 calories a day?
I know a lot of people don't want to feed Royal Canin but I say if it works stick with it. You might find a better quality (grain free) that is lower in calories then the one she's on now.
I'm honestly not sure if day care would help. Especially is she doesn't play now. Unless they walk with her/get her active. Maybe a dog walker? But at the same time can you afford it (I'm not trying to be mean, I promise, but I know you live on a fixed income)
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Ari, I am feeding Em 'American National Premium' right now. It is a less expensive, but still a very good grain free kibble. I get it from a pet feed store that has all the high rating kibbles, etc in their stores. I am trying to rack my brain into getting her active. Everything I think of has food in it. She is not toy motivated! Won't play tug. Maybe I can get her something like a bully stick to chew. She does like those, and it takes effort to chew! She hasn't had one for a long time.
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I'm not too sure if a bully stick would help but you could definitely give it a try.
Have you considered a dog walker? Maybe someone you know who is responsible can just take her on short walks in your neighborhood.
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