So Charlie went in on Monday to have his annual check up on his heart.
I couldn't help but feel nervous as he has slowed down a bit recently and his murmor is definatly worse- I used to only be able to feel it at time when he had an increased heart beat but lately it is noticable when he is resting also.
He is two and a half now so the slowing down could be due to him getting a bit older and calming down somewhat but when dealing with a dog with a heart defect it is worrying nethertheless.
So I dropped him off on monday morning with the instruction to lightly sedate only if needed. Our Cardio took his femoral pulse and said that it was really strong, listened to his heart and said that the murmor was definately worse. Which I kinda knew anyway, but he said not to worry as it doesn't mean his condition has deteriorated. I said that he had calmed down a fair bit but its probably just down to age. Cardio said that the practice was fairly empty that day with not too many residents about so they would try to do the Ultrasound with out any sedation as they get a better picture of things. Got a call to make a discharge appointment for 5pm and wasnt told anything other that it was all done.
So little man was so so so brave and they did all the tests with no sedation at all- they got some great pictures.
He said that they compare the Aorta with the left ventricle and that there is no enlargement at all, the heart is a great size with no enlargement at all, his heart is functioing as well as can be considering and that we don't need to go back for 2 years this time!
Unless there is any change or any signs or coughing!
He said that the weight he is at at the momment should be a maximun for us (7.7kg) and that whatever we are doing is obviously working as there are no signs of deterioration at all!
So we will keep on with the Vitamin E, the Co-enzyme Q10 and lots of prayers and excercise. Oh and love of course as love is hat keeps our hearts beating