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    Wow Nekhbet, thank you for all that great information. Does anyone know any other conditions that can cause low heart rate. Im told it can happen normally in very fit dogs, and despite her age she never stops moving, trots around literally all day long, we have to make her take rests, so wonder if it could be that? Has anyone else experienced a low heart rate with their dog, and what did the cause turn out to be? xx

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    PS Also, lumps are not good, she has several small ones just under the skin and one very large one on the outside : (

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    Snoopy had some sort of heart murmur as a pup, maybe he still has it.
    Our Vet said to give him a COQ10 and also a Fish Oil cap daily.

    Not being picky, but maybe consider seeing another Vet.
    If you post a rough location maybe a member here could recommend someone.

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    some things that can cause lower heart beat is low thyroid, electrolyte imbalance, infections of the heart, coronary artery disease, general aging. I would say a combination of age and infected mouth has caused it if she's hopping about OK, just make sure not to push her too hard exercise wise and keep older dogs out of the heat which can imbalance the elctrolytes through dehydration.
    Remember too if she's already anaemic that means her muscles in particular will be struggling to perform at peak - and the heart is the most oxygen consuming of them all.


    Some lumps under the skin can be normal fatty lumps that come in the smallies with age, majority of the time they are benign and only get removed if they impede movement of the limbs or the dogs quality of life. Breast lumps too can be benign but they should take a sample and send if off to see if it's worth removing or not. I would give her a few weeks on a very good diet with supplements, stay away from any processed snacks or cookies to let her system heal

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    'Bella44' - can you post some photos of Missy ? I would love to see what this 'Golden Oldie' looks like !

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    Ok Riley J but be prepared to fall in love with her crooked little smile and her fuzzy little face........he he he she is the most loving, gentle full of kisses little dog you could imagine,
    oh and whoever said she was probably used for breeding all her life, we think you are right : ( Anyway, be prepared to fall in love............

    She went to dog heart specialist today had ECG and all was good, so now we are thinking that a low heart rate is maybe just her normal way of being, specialist said she is pretty fit and in good health overall considering the horredous time she been through recently so thats good news : ) And yep I think an FNA would be the next way to go, she does have one very large lumpy, bumpy lump on the outside that we are concerned about. But so far today, its all good news....

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    Photos as promised. Missy sleeping in soft luxury in her doggie bed : ) ebay big joyful 151.jpgebay big joyful 149.jpgebay big joyful 146.jpgebay big joyful 152.jpg

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    Today she weighed 2.8 kilos, when we first got her she was 2.5!!!!! and as light as a feather to pick up : ( : (

    I would imagine she should be 3 - 3.5 but she is old so probably wont put on too much more weight : )

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    She is a lovely girl and I'm glad you have found a heart specialist for her.
    Hope there is more good news to come.
    In any case she is loved and looked after well, that is the most important thing.

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    'Bella44' - thank you so very much for putting up the photos of this beautiful, precious little 'Lady' !

    She is absolutely gorgeous ! All the blond hair around her face - or is it called frosting now ? - and the ears up - not intending to miss out on anything ! Love it ! What a lovely little
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    With the news in your latest posts - things are sounding extremely good. ECG results very good - she has put on weight - and she is busily mooching around and checking out her new abode ! Fantastic news !

    Don't be too worried about what the scales say about her weight - go on how she is and how she feels ! If worried - then divide her food up and fed her more times in the day. I used to do that when my pups started to get older. They handled things a bit better !

    Keep up your excellent care - and again kudos to you !

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