Tucker's been having some dental issues so a couple of weeks ago we (me and my dad, I can't drive) brought him in for a general health check. The nurse commented that she was worried about his heart because I also mentioned that he coughs frequently. I would have got him in sooner if we weren't in a financial fix, anyways my mum gave me some money for my savings and instead I decided to get Tucker in again so the vet could listen to his heart (he was growling too much at the nurse so she couldn't hear his heart). Needless to say Tucker was alot better behaved with the vet, he was even quite excited to be there (usually he hates the vets and cries when he's in the waiting room, but he was bouncing about excited). Abit too excited as the vet couldn't hear his heart well either. She did say his murmur didn't sound like it got any worse tho, and she was surprised to hear that his lungs sounded clear. He still needs dental work but I mentioned to the vet that he doesn't respond well to anaesthetic and putting him under again was my greatest concern, I already lost one dog this year and it would kill me if I lost him too... The vet thinks it could be something wrong with his throat that is causing his coughing. He's been sent home with a 10-day course of Prednicare and Corvental tablets. Next week he'll be going back for a check up to see if he's well enough to go under. He might need to be sedated for a chest xray if the medicine doesn't help, if it does tho it's just a matter of getting his teeth sorted! Otherwise he's pretty fit and active for a 12-year-old, and he's showing no signs of slowing down! The best thing about todays check up was Tucker was surprisingly well behaved, all previous times he needed a muzzle but today he only growled once but he didn't need a muzzle.