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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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We have a mini Chihuahua who is 11-1/2 yrs old. In Mar. of

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We have a mini Chihuahua who is 11-1/2 yrs old. In Mar. of his yr, she started showing signs of splaying her front legs & coughing. Took her to the Vet. He diagnosed her with congestive heart failure & gave her meds-Enalapril & generic Lasix. Vet is usually a large animal Vet. Then took her to a VCA animal cardiologist. He said no CHF, but, did have a murmur & a collapsing trachea. Was referenced to another Vet & he said she did have a heart murmur & collapsing trachea & she needed a $4K operation but had to first lose appx 1-1/2 lbs. She weighed 6 lbs 13 ozs at that Vet's office. He would operate & correct the trachea after weight loss. We live in a very rural area. However, a new Vet has moved to the area. We talked to her & she thinks that Angel's (name of our baby) heart med should be changed. Her normally curled tail has become uncurled in the past 3 days. Her coughing has subsided & we think it was to get attention coinciding with heart problems that we did not know about at the beginning. She has been healthy all of her life with the exception of hypoglycemia which is handled very well. She was spayed when she was 1-1/2 yrs old & had surgery for luxating patella on both rear legs at the same time. I don't understand so many different opinions. X-Rays have been taken along with blood tests & just about everything else with the exception of MRI's, CT Scans & Ultrasound. We see things on Vet TV programs that make us think this could be her problem. We are at our wits end & don't want to lose her. But, we don't know who to properly see. Her head has, also. started somewhat flopping when we pick her up. We have to be careful when we do pick her up or even sit her down. Could you please advise the proper type of Vet to see & if you have a possible diagnosis of what we might be looking at. We are senior citizens and our baby, Angel, is the love of our lives. We don't want to lose her & feel that, if properly diagnosed, she should live another 3 to 5 yrs. --Thank you so much. --Fay
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

1) The coughing that you're hearing, does it look like any of these?

Cardiac cough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv02RYW2TfY

Kennel cough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZusGtj3NxcU

Collapsing trachea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042OsjZ5Hvs

Reverse sneezing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyBrb0Hhpk

Laryngeal paralysis: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=075DT9lUWOk

2) What medication is she currently taking, if any?

3) You mentioned an animal cardiologist. Do you recall the Dr's name? What tests did they perform to be sure Angel did not have CHF?


4) In what city/state do you reside?