Monday, November 06, 2006


We spent a portion of today at the cardiologist. No, not for my husband or for me. For the dog. Our puppy, Largo, has a heart defect. Today we looked at his heart with ultrasound, watched the blood flow (in color). He has VSD; it is a genetic defect. We will have to visit the cardiologist once a year, to monitor it. But we don't have to restrict his activities, it shouldn't affect his life-span or his health. He can even, thank god, be neutered.

I cannot tell you how relieved I feel. We have fallen for this dog, and it is wonderful to know he will be part of our lives for a good long time.


Kitten Herder said...

Wow. He's gotten bigger. Funny how they do that, huh?

Sorry to hear about his health issue, but I'm glad it's survivable. How on earth did you find out about it?

changejunkie said...

We took him in to the vet for an unrelated problem. His "puppy murmur" of 1 on a scale of 6 had increased to a 4. So, we had to do ultrasound, a chest x-ray, and then a cardiologist referral. Yes that sounds crazy to me -- but he's family, so what are you going to do?