Hi All: I have recently joined this forum trying to get some answers from anyone out there who has gone through or is going through what I am right now. My little dog (she's 13.7 yrs) was rushed into the hospital last night because of problems breathing, coughing and weezing. I knew right away this had something to do with her heart. I was always told she had a heart murmor and to watch her as she got older for increased coughing. I never saw this coming on (I only just had her at the vet 7 mos ago). The vet has now said that she has pulmonary heart disease, which basically means the lungs fill with fluid because the heart is unable to pump blood through the valves efficiently. there is medication that they have given her to see if she responds, thus far, she has not, but the vet said they usually need 2 doses of the medication before any reaction occurs. If she does respond and pills are her form of dealing with getting the fluid out of her lungs, that means she will be on medication for as long as it will last for her. How many of you out there have their dogs in this type of medication and how long has your dog lived for? She is an active dog, well as active as an old geezer can be with a bum leg, but has never shown signs of discomfort or lethargy. I've been through some trying times with her, and thought I was going to lose her some 10 yrs ago. I just can't stand the heart ache I am experiencing and I will totally miss her. She's been such a great dog, lots of love and laughs, I will feel so empty without her in my life. I know that our days are numbered and I have to remain positive right now, but I also have to be somewhat realistic and I am considering euthansia if she doesn't respond to their care.