Senior Lab w/ history of heartworms (treated) Expectations?
Hi all, this is my first post here and I am hoping for some experience/advice.* We have an 11 1/2 year old chocolate rescue (Beau) that was heartworm positive when we got him in 2002.* He was treated and has been on preventative ever since.* He has always exhibited some shortness of breath with exercise and cannot go as far as our 9 year old chocolate (Dakota) on walks but this weekend he demonstrated decreased exercise tolerance and trouble going up the stairs to the back porch.* Does anyone have experience with seniors that have a history of heartworms?* Can I expect that the heartworms and the subsequent treatment has potentially shortened his life expectancy?* He is so dear to our hearts and I don't want this to be the "beginning of the end" for any of us, especially his best buddy Dakota.* He has always been otherwise healthy but his energy level just seems to have taken a dive.* Or, could this just be "normal" senior behavior of having good days and bad days? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Proud Mommy of two chocolate labs - Beau (11) and Dakota (9) and Lizzie, the dachshund who thinks she is a Lab.<br /><br />India, our princess, in our hearts forever, Nov. 22, 2000 - May 1, 1002