Thank you once again for your supportive replies, I havent seemed to be able to stop crying and felt very low. My sister took me to a local fun day on Saturday and when I came home my partner said that Charlie was like a new dog!
I have to say he has got a spring back to his step - albeit he still cant walk very far without wheezing, and although his nose is still dry, his eyes are much brighter and he has gone back to allowing us to throw his bone for him to fetch He has also developed a new shine to his coat (it went very dull) and tells us when its "toothbrush time" (he has a dentistix at 10pm and you can set your clock by him!) and in all honesty, if I hadnt seen the scan results, I would just put the wheeziness and occasional cough to him getting older. I appreciate we dont know how long we have got him still, but we give in a little bit more - he used to like to jump and sit with us on the sofa, now we just lift him and we've taken to walking him without a lead and let him go at his pace (although we dont usually get much further than across the road before he is struggling).
My partner and I took him to his favourite field on Sunday morning, before the sun was too high on the pretence we could carry him if it got too much. He used to run that field ragged and we could walk round it 3 times with Charlie still sniffing out all the foxholes, chasing the birds, this time he got half way round and just stopped. I asked if he wanted to go home and he just sat down I opened the front door yesterday and it took me 10 minutes to coax him into the front garden, so Im guessing even short walks are on the cards now.
Nicki, thank you for taking the time to write with your tips, we had already instigated some of these as a trial to make him feel better.
He didnt like the fan, even when we placed it on the other side of the room, he moves away, he has taken to sleeping under the dining table which is in a room with laminate floor. It would appear it is in the shade, so we just let him sleep where he feels comfortable, we aren't making too big a thing of that. I did attempt to bring him upstairs, he had an explore and went back down, so again, unless he physically show signs of wanting to come up as opposed to just laying at the bottom, we will be guided by what he wants.
Walks are practically out of the question now, our back door is permanently open in the summer and he can come and go as he pleases, but he chooses not to, the same as the front - there was a time that we had to chase him down the street, but he just looks out and then trots back in the house now, even with my partner, my son and myself calling him out.
He has always had dry food and leans towards Bakers. We reduced his diet gradually on advice from the vet to get his weight down enough for the castration and was told there would possibly be some weight gain again afterwards. He was on the light version for a while but seemed to be permanently scavenging so the vet told us to put him back on the normal version, just slightly less.
We changed him to the senior meals a couple of months ago and he seems content on that, so I dont think Ill change it again now, but he has 130gms a day, so I could reduce it a little.
He always used to enjoy a carrot at lunchtime - again his body clock would have him sitting at the fridge waiting for his carrot, run out into the garden (or hide in a corner if it was raining ) and not come back until hed eaten it. Unfortunately we found a stash of carrots in the garden a couple of weeks back, he has been taking them out as per routine, hiding them and coming back in. We even broke one up to offer him pieces at a time, but he just dropped them on the floor. I will try him on rice cakes, I never thought of that, although wont they make him a bit dry? He is drinking loads since he has been on the diuretics.
After the initial consultation from the coughing and wheezing, Charlie was allocated a cardiology vet and we have had him ever since. He was the one that discussed the scan, gave us the results and then the follow up a week later. He has patience, and even through my bawling managed to explain MVD and how it is affecting Charlie so I am happy with him at the moment. We have enough tablets for another 4 weeks when we are due to back and see him, unless obviously anything happens in the meanwhile..
I am glad I wasnt imagining the "trill" though. I had never heard of it, or seen it before, although now it is so easily visible if he is lying down. I dont know if that means it is getting worse, or just that now I know what Im looking for, but my partner and my dad could see it when I told them about it yesterday.
Charlie was laying on the sofa with us yesterday morning and it was easy to feel the non-rhythmic beat - almost like a beat but then an echo, again Ive not noticed this before but it would describe what I can see.
I will update here as necessary, but for the time being at least, it looks like Ive been blessed with a bit more time with my loving boy
Btw, I have posted some pics on my profile if you havent already seen them. You will see how big Charlie was when we first got him - its hard to imagine he was ever *that* big!
Sending hugs to all the Charlies (and Charlie-esses of course!)