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I am sorry to hear about your dog! It isn't truly possible to diagnose heart failure without an x-ray, but we would expect to hear a heart murmur if we were having heart failure. Has your vet offered you any additional testing besides an exam? There are other things that can affect the lungs (chronic bronchitis, tumors) that could be seen on an x-ray but wouldn't hear a heart murmur. Have you started any pain medication for possible arthritis? A trial of an NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory) might be worthwhile, or x-rays of the legs to check for arthritis. In a dog this age, bloodwork is also recommended every 6 to 12 months to ensure all organ systems are functioning normally. I would let your vet know you are interested in pursuing additional testing to try to figure out the cause of your dog's problem!
I would consider taking it daily if this is a regular issue, along with a joint supplement like Dasuquin. If that doesn't help, you can ask him about adding Gabapentin as well, and I would still consider pursuing other testing if you are able to do so.
Why didn't he want her to take them daily? Does she have a liver problem?
Most dogs handle them well. In a few rare cases we can see a liver problem but it usually happens within the first few weeks of starting them. We normally check the values, start an NSAID, recheck in a month, if all is good then recheck every 6 months. IF he is worried about the liver, there is a newer NSAID called Galliprant that is not supposed to have the possible side effects there. You can ask him about that if you are interested https://www.elanco.us/galliprant/vet/.
Some should be seen within a few days, but I usually give a few weeks time before I decide it isn't working.
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