You may remember that the vet was treating Betty for pneumonia. Well it didn’t clear up after the two week treatment so she had a few tests yesterday and she actually has an enlarged heart. She is just reaching mid range heart failure. 😦
So she is now taking medication which will reduce the fluid around her heart which has been causing the chesty cough. She will have to take them for the rest of her life which could be anything from 6 months to 2 years. I haven’t been game to ask how much they cost! I’ve done a bit of google research though and 2 years seems very optimistic. She would be 13 by then.
They said not to be surprised if she reverts to puppy hood. Apparently the meds make them feel a lot better. I’m not sure how it progresses. She has to go back in two weeks so we’ll ask then. It would be really nice if she just dropped dead in her bed one night. Over the years we’ve had three dogs and five cats and not one of them has just died. Stubborn buggers. They’ve all had to make that awful trip to the vet to face the needle because they’ve had liver cancer or sun cancer or kidney failure. If new owners ever move in here and dig up the backyard they’re going to wonder what the hell we’ve been up to. Little bodies all over the place.
Anyway we plan on giving her a blast off in her final months because she’s been a good girl. Whatever she wants she can have. Except the next door neighbours cat.