If Doodle's wet sounding exhalations have increased, I would definitely call
cardiologist/vet. His coughing would concern me as well.
He may be in Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).
A chest xray is needed to see if there is fluid in or around the lungs.
Lasix (diuretic) may be prescribed if needed.
I would take him to the cardio as soon as you can.
Candace with Cinnamon and Skylar
On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 6:50 AM, Katie <kmelrose@...> wrote:
> Hello all. My 6 year old Oriental boy doodle was diagnosed last year
> with HCM. He has a grade 2/3 murmur.
> His rate of respiration when asleep is fine (20 per minute) and he
> only coughs rarely (maybe two or three times a week).
> He is on 1ml atenenol per day and takes CoQ10 and CardioS supplements,
> and I recently switched him off aspirin onto Natto (against veterinary
> I have noticed an increase in these wet-sounding exhalations that he
> makes, usually after sleeping or resting when he stands up. It isn't
> a sneeze, it's a definite out-breath sigh/snuffle and it sounds 'wet'.
> I probably hear him do this 4 or 5 times a day - my other two
> orientals don't ever make this sound.
> Is this something I should be concerned about, given all the other info?
> He is due to see the heart specialist anyway as it has been 6mo...I am
> a bit concerned about taking him in having switched him off aspirin
> onto Natto as I know the vet will tell me off.
> Any thoughts on either topic greatly appreciated.
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