I have three fabulous Jack Russell boys, one of whom (Graham) was featured in your "Good Boy Awards' in July 2008, after I had rescued him. A few weeks ago I noticed that Graham was doing the classic couple of coughs, and clearing his throat that all dogs do now and again, but more often than was normal. My vet gave him some antibiotics and anti inflammatory tables to rule out infection. This seemed to help initially, probably due to the anti inflams., but then he started this coughing again.
This time at the vets he had X-rays, and unfortunately Graham (now aged seven) has an enlarged heart, this is pressing on his trachea, and he has a small amount of fluid on his lungs. He is still very happy, perky, cheeky and energetic. He has been put on Vetmedin for his heart, for the rest of his life, and a couple of weeks worth of diuretics to get rid of the fluid, with a follow up consultation in a weeks time.
My question is can I give any other supplements to support Graham's condition? I have heard of a supplement called Taurine which is supposed to help with heart function. I don't want to overdo it though.
He has a daily sprinkle of 'Pooch & Mutt's' Bionic Biotics, a natural health supplement on his evening meal, and as I said apart from the coughing sessions a couple of times a day, he looks in peak condition.
Sara Marlow, by email