I am so glad to hear the cardiologist gave you good news. I know a little bit about heart murmurs and the fact that he said he doesn't need to see Hannah for a while means (I think) that she's stable. I don't know why the grade is IV/VI either. Maybe its in the 4 thru 6 range; varies in her recent tests.
And as long as Hannah is warm enough, her hair loss isn't a problem for her. Dogs are great and such a reality check for me. Sometimes I think a lighter coat would be a good thing for finding skin problems early. I just had Chance to the vet yesterday to recheck some lumps, bumps and skin problems we have been watching. I had trouble finding one I wanted to have the vet examine. But of course I find it easily when I am at home with him.
I am thinking of you and Hannah and glad you are having good times together.
I agree with you about her being stable. Personally I was relieved for the clearance - with everything else going on, it was nice to get a "pass" even if she does have heart issues. It actually wasn't the murmur that prompted the ekg/echo. She has an aortic arch that they were concerned about.
After my post, I found this site that explains heart murmurs: Heart Murmurs
- - According to table 4, a IV/VI means "Loud intensity without a precordial thrill"
I hope Chance didn't have any problematic lumps/bumps at the vet. Sometimes I snip the hair near a lump in order to locate it again. I've also marked her up with a permanent marker too
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I am happy for good news and glad that Hannah is eating and feeling better. Hope weekend is calm and good one for you two.
Thanks - I hope things are calm(er) with little Charlie at your house
It's so funny reading about his adventures. I distinctly remember at our first puppy obedience class, the teacher said that we should know that all puppies are meant to try our patience. She added that years down the road we would forget about those trying "puppy days and nights" and we'd hear others talk about their new puppy and we'd think "My sweetie never did that!" - she said that being able to look back with a smile and good humor is what allows us to have another pup come into our lives and our hearts down the road.
Our Katie has had a heart murmur the 8+ years she's been with us. Doesn't affect her. Same thing with the hair loss. His coat has never grown back completely, but it's getting better and better month to month. Thank god they aren't vain or we'd also have them going to the Hair Club. LOL
I keep reminding myself that she's not bothered by the missing hair. A former neighbor had a large Maine Coon cat that was always into trouble (he'd regularly come home covered in mud, grease, with stickers matted in his fur, you name it), so she started had him shaved. Poor boy hid for about a month until his hair started to regrow!
Glad she got her 2nd round of chemo. I hope the UTI goes away quickly. How does Hannah feel after chemo?
I hope your car issues go away very quickly!
Thank you - thankfully, the car issues are resolved and it wasn't "quite" as bad as they thought, so I am thrilled!
The first round of her chemo, she was fine for the first 24 hours then was clearly nauseated for about 24 hours. She didn't vomit, but she looked like she felt awful and wasn't interested in eating or doing anything else (no tail wags, dull eyes, etc).
This time she was fine for about 12 hours and then had similar symptoms as before for about 2 days, but more intense. In addition to the previous stuff, she slept heavily or laid with her eyes barely open, wouldn't raise her head, refused to acknowledge visitors and would only step out the door to go to the bathroom and then immediately want to come back inside.
Once she went past the 24 hour window and was still feeling bad, I started getting worried and more worried.Around the 48 hour mark, a neighbor (who'd stopped by to check on her for me while I was at work) phoned to say that that Hannah was up, rolling around on the carpet and had been on a walk - I was so happy. I hope since this is the maximum dose that this will be the maximum side effect, but I'm just taking things a day at a time.