I have been taking my doxie mix to several vets for the last year and a half searching for answers for his chronic cough and labored breathing. Diagnoses have included kennel cough, collapsing trachea, kennel cough again, and emphysema.I took Bristol to the vet yesterday afternoon for his yearly vac's. I was so excited because she suggested taking Xrays to check his lungs and to put him on steroids for his cough-this is what I have been pushing for but no one has been willing to do this in the past. We talked about him being put on a prescription weight loss food to counteract the steroids and his fatness already. A few jokes about his big ol' belly and he was off. Bristol came back from the Xray room very excited because everyone loved him and gave him lots of attention and treats. The vet then showed me his xrays. His heart is about 2x the size it should be and spherical instead of oval like. His lungs are filled with fluid and fluid is filling his chest cavity. He is being referred to another clinic in town for cardio ultrasound to specifically diagnose the problem but it essentially boils down to congestive heart failure. I was a little overwhelmed so I was afraid to ask how far it had progressed/his estimated lifespan. He is on lasix and benasepril with a low sodium diet. I will be calling the vet Monday with questions, but would like any feedback from you all that have dealt with this personally. His EKG was normal and the vet could not detect a murmur. Bristol is very excited to start his pills-nothing better than a hunk of velveeta twice a day!