|Barked: Mon Sep 21, '09 8:12am PST |
|Hi. The Bandit had mitral valve leak. In the last 6 months of his life, he would cough but it was mostly from pollen and general stuff, not from his enlarged heart. The reason of just giving this timeline, is that in Dec 2007, the Cardio Vet we started seeing in April 2007, said the leak got bigger in the short time, and the outcome is terminal.
In the last few days of his life, his cough would last for a few more minutes and sounded much more severe/hoarse. More of a sound like he couldn't clear his throat, and I would massage in downward direction to soothe it.
You may be able to distingush the different sounds of 'regular' coughing vs. heart failure symptoms.
I honestly did not know what to expect- symptomwise. I had the list of symptoms written on the driving directions to ER, and the necessary Vet numbers and that was on the fridge. I was more than welcome to call my Vet and run ???'s by them. It seemed that I called them at least once a week, and if they didnt hear from me in one week's time, they called me to check up on his condition!
The pic of Bandit in front of bench was taken on the day we were going to go to Vet for the final time but he was having a really great day!
I hope some of this is useful to you. Good luck.
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