I was told that my 15 year old Lhasa Apso may have an Enlarged Heart. My vet told me this when I told him that sometimes, she just gags (or even chokes). It happens when I pick her up and set her down too hard. Sometimes she does it when just laying down. He says her heart may be pushing on her throat at certain times. It doesnt happen all of the time, just enough for me to panic!! Does anyone know about this, or what it may be? She is otherwise a healthy girl, just old! She still runs and plays, just a little slower than many years ago.
I have heard of it with over weight dogs and in those cases can be controlled with diet, dog loses weight, heart shrinks some. I have heard that if a dog weighs more then the heart is working more in order to keep up with the endurance of the dog and becomes enlarged.
To budchevy08, I to had a Lhasa Apso around 14 and died 2 weeks ago from an enlarged heart which ended up bleeding internally and dying a few hours later. My vet never told me about her heart and I really only saw her slowing down. There was no fainting, appetite was fine, breathing was always a little noisy. She was just walking slower and back leggs were weak. But I just thought it was old age. The ER vet made me feel bad because I did not have her on heart meds but my regular vet never said a thing. I did bring her in a month before to the vet because her hind legg was having spasms and the vet told me she must have stepped on something. I thought that was incorrect but will never know now. Vets should know that old dogs have many problems and they need to be checked and the owners need to be asked questions about the pets health. I was never asked anything and I brought my pet in yearly and a month before she died. I kept telling him she is old but he never said anything to me. So sad this all happened. Wish I would have had a heads up on her dying so fast. So watch your dog carefully and maybe start some heart meds. And at that age tell him you love him daily!!! From: Dogheaven.
Hi Buddy, I am so sorry you are having to go through this. Hang in there!
Last time I was at the vets there was a lady there with her (older) Golden Retriver...She had an enlarged heart. She was breathing very heavy. It was real odd, but the next time we went back (this was when Mia was getting his annual vaccines) they were there....AGAIN! Same time! And, the Golden was doing so much better, I could tell just by looking at her. Her Momma said the Vet had given her Meds (I wish I knew what they were called) and it made a very big difference. So...there is hope!
Has your Vet reccommened any Meds you can give her? What does he think?
My lhasa will be 15 the end of the month. He was diagnosed with an enlarged heart about 6 years ago. This was due to the fact that he got hit by a car (other than this he was okay...the dog has 9 lives!) The vet never prescribed any meds, just said not to over exert the dog and watch his diet. Like I said that was 6 years ago and he's fine. He has signs of old age (some arthritis, walks slower on rainy days, etc) but he still has a lot of spunk!
i have a 13 yr old great preanese with the same problem she is on three different meds that she gets everyday she also has a lot of prolem walking shes been sick for about three months the medications are slowing her heart rate down a little but it will not be the same