Harry The West Highland White Terrier

Harry is a lovely West Highland White Terrier, that has been a patient at the Animal Hospital for many years and is a very popular patient with all the nurses. He is approaching his 13th birthday. He developed an ongoing heart problem and has been on medications to control it. He also has regular check ups with the vet to ensure that these medications are working for Harry.

Recently, he began to have breathing difficulties and there was noted fluid in his chest. This was a result of his heart condition. The heart was bradycardic which means beating too slow. After careful examination, Harry was given additional medications to help him.

So far, Harry is doing really well. His owner is happy with his progress and will have to continue to give Harry his medications for the rest of his life, but i am sure she doesn’t mind as long as Harry stays healthy!

Harry with his Mammy and Nurse Lisa

Heart conditions such as murmurs are very common in older dogs, particularly pedigree dogs. Symptoms include;

  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Panting
  • Lethargy
  • Coughing

If you are concerned that your dog may have a heart condition you can call the clinic to make an appointment with the vet to listen to the heart. Early intervention can delay the problem becoming worse and potentially extend the life of your pet!

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