We took the guys in to the vet this week for their checkups etc. and she confirmed what we had suspected. Dakota is in the early stages of congestive heart failure.
Dakota’s lungs are congested and her heart is enlarged, and she does have some arthritis in her spine. What we didn’t realize is that dogs who live in higher altitudes such as here, are more prone to the early onset of heart disease than dogs living in lower elevations.
For now she’s on medication to help clear her lungs and help with her heart, and a followup appointment next week to see how she’s responding to the medication. We caught it at an early stage which will buy her more time, but as with Sophie before her, Dakota’s time is now limited.