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January 9, 2010

Plum had some heart tests because of her murmur, irregular heartbeat and she collapsed once and got disoriented another time.

They confirmed she has an enlarged heart and a stage 1 heart condition. The good news is since it's early stage we can treat her with a basic heart med and it should control the situation. The idea is to make her heart not have to work so hard to do its job (as it's doing now) so it doesn't get worn out and ultimately go into failure.

What's interesting is looking at her chest XRAY we discovered that Plumy has some hardware in her right elbow, screws and bolts!

I love how her extra wrinkles and neck folds show on the film. Reminds me of those crazy African women with rings around their neck.

But seriously, It means she had to suffer a fracture to her leg or elbow at some point in her past life before I rescued her. I don't even want to imagine how that could have happened :(

I always wondered why she has a little dark bald patch on her right elbow and why sometimes she whimpers when I pick her up from under the shoulders. Must be that screw was digging into her..

Now on top of all Plum's many other ailments, she is also a heart patient..... with screws.

Poor Purdy!

Posted by Lori on January 9, 2010 3:09 PM permalink Comments (4)



emily the biker pug commented January 9, 2010 9:12 PM

Well she won't be getting by airport security easily.
At least someone had her patched up. Sunshie has a couple breaks that were never repaired. It is weird to see the xrays and knowing she has broken bones.
Glad to see Plum is on the cadillac health plan now.



Robin commented January 9, 2010 10:48 PM

That Plum is such a darling baby...you are both lucky to have found each other...I miss my old dogs!



jan commented January 10, 2010 4:59 PM

i was anticipating worse news, lori - with you taking such good care of her, that sweet old girl will have years left in her. she doesn't know how lucky she is!



Lex commented January 11, 2010 12:45 PM

Oh poor Plum! Thank god you caught it so early on.

Like Emily said, atleast they had her arm fixed, the poor thing. Her arm may not necessairly hurt her, she could be warning you? My mom's dog yelps sometimes when you go to pick her up and we figured it out it wasn't because she was in pain (she isn't) but that she wants you do be careful.


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