We took Geordie to the cardiologist 2 weeks ago, wanting to make sure he's on the right medicine. He had an echocardiogram again, and more chest x-rays. Our regular vet emailed the digital chest x-rays that were taken on June 18 when Geordie was coughing.
The cardiologist told us Geordie's murmur is now a grade 4. His heart has a mild left sided enlargement, moderate-severe mitral regurgitation, but no evidence of congestive heart failure. This was confirmed by two other specialists at OSU. So Dr. B is keeping Geordie on Enalapril for now. He takes one dose in the morning and 1/2 dose in the evening. Dr. B feels Geordie's June 18th cough and fluid in his chest was due to 'noncardiogenic pulmonary edema'. We don't know what caused it though.
We are supposed to return to the cardiologist in 6 months, or sooner if we notice changes in Geordie's breathing or any signs of respiratory distress.
Dr. B said when Geordie shows evidence of early congestive heart failure he will be taken off Enalapril and put on 4 other medicines, one of which is Vetmedin.
To look at Geordie, you would never know he has these problems (SM too) - he continues to play and snuggle and be his normal, busy little self doing perimeter checks around the fence, etc. He is happy to take all his pills - he thinks he's one special boy getting all those good pills wrapped in cheese and meat. He listens for the oven timer's beep so he can have his next goodie.
Just within the past 2 months, he has started wanting to snuggle on my lap in the mornings when I'm having my tea and reading CavTalk. I'm just enjoying every moment that we still have with him. I'm going to have to get some more photos of him to post!