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my miniature poodle is 12...
my miniature poodle is 12 yrs old. Has been diagnosed with heart murmur, Mitral valve leak,cardiomegaly,and hypertention. Also has chronic renal disease. Has a persistent cough. Saw his vet last week was given prednisone for congestion. He is no better I'm concerned its CHF. Going back today but should I take him to his cardiologist.
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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that an answer your question. I understand Jasper is being treated for heart disease and hypertension, and also has a history of kidney disease. He was recently treated with prednisone for congestion, but it does not appear to be getting better. Please let me know if I have missed anything. One of the parameters for monitoring with heart disease is to count the "resting respiratory rate." Has your veterinarian talked about this? It will help determine if you need to see a cardiologist or not.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
cardiologist did. respirations are labored at times with abdominal breathing.
Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

The resting respiratory rate should remain below 40 breaths per minute. If the numbers are continually above 40 or if he is unable to get comfortable enough to rest then that is a concern and he should be seen by your cardiologist. The cardiologist will want to make sure there is no fluid back up in the lungs.

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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Jasper. How is everything going?
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