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Old 04-13-2019, 12:58 AM
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Hi all. Em had her 6 month heart/collapsing trachea check up. Good news. Everything is status quo. Vet offered 'cerinia' to me. Usually used for nausea, but they have found it helps coughing too. I told her that I'd keep it for later, cause Em isn't coughing that much. She had an x-ray and EKG for her dental last November, so didn't need any of that. The only 'problem' is her weight. She hasn't lost any; but hasn't gained any either. I'll have to work on that. Too many treats. Problem is that Bonnie can eat twice as much and still be bony, and poor Em is like me: looks at food and the weight goes up!!
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Good for Emmie..sounds like a positive followup visit! When we have seniors with health issues all vet checks that let us know our babies are holding their own are great visits.

Our Neko, who turned 15 last month, has his heart murmur vet check next Friday the 19th.
His coughing has increased a bit so we are probably looking at increasing his dose of Lasix to help with the fluid buildup.
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Deb, Wow, 15 years old! That says that you are one of the best owners out there! Can I ask you if Neko's cough brings up anything? Em quite often swallows when she has coughed. I can hear her 'wheeze' with inspriation too. The vet thought that the wheezing was due to her being so overweight. She is 9.5 pounts and should be around 7 pounds. The phenobarbital has put a lot of weight on, but I am to blame too. Too many treats.
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Thanks, Susan. They seem to live long around here normally. Our other "old man", Buster, will be 14 tomorrow. Our pug, Charlie, passed away 12 days before his 17th birthday! We have been so blessed to have our babies in our lives.

Neko does cough up some of the fluid at times. He takes a heart pill and the Lasix. The Lasix helps hold down the fluid thru increased urination. Neko does have wheezing due to his condition.. no weight issues. He is quite small. Was 5 pounds 2 ounces at his last followup visit in January.
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so far Em is not in 'heart failure' according to the vet. She does cough, but not enough for the vet to start medication. She has a grade 3/6 murmur. This has been stable for 7 months. I really have to stop feeding her treats. Tonight we started our 'new' regime. They go into their pens with a dried duck jerky, and I eat! No more table food or their food. Mostly when I eat, I give them their kibble and not table food. Still too much. I have to look on the package and see how many calories are in them.
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