Physical exam, x-rays, electrocardiogram and an ultrasound of the heart will offer great information and will help your veterinarian and veterinary cardiologist make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan for your dog. Close monitoring may be needed after initiating therapy, as the medications prescribed can affect other internal organs.
When therapy is successful, you will notice a decrease in coughing and an improved ability to breath. As a rule of thumb, your veterinarian will ask you to report if the breathing rate is faster than 40 breaths per minute at rest.
Much progress has been made in the treatment of heart failure and with proper care and monitoring, your dog's quality and length of life can be greatly improved.
History of the Breed
The Maine Coon is one of the oldest natural breeds of cats in North America. It is the official state cat of Maine, hence the name, Maine Coon. No one knows for sure the exact origins of this breed, but likely it was ship cats that intermingled with local cats on ports of call along the eastern coast of the United States.
Maine Coons are noted for their large bone structure and luxurious coat. The males can reach 15-25lbs, and females 10-15lbs. They are slow growing and don’t reach their mature size until they are 3-5 years old. Their coat is soft and silky, and their tail puffy and raccoon-like. They come in a variety of colors, with the most common color being the brown tabby. They are also gentle and friendly in nature. They are loyal to their families, and tend to be relaxed around other cats, dogs and children.