|Barked: Wed Jan 30, '13 10:32am PST |
|Aina- her heart condition has not been fully figured out yet, which is the reason for the monitor. However I am hesitate to spend the money because they are unwilling to do the event monitor. I thought monitoring her over a weeks time we would be more likely to get valuable info vs the 24 hr holter. The cardiologist says that if we do not get info during the 24 hr we likely wouldn't during a week long so why waste the extra money. Bella is not symptomatic daily, heck she went 6 months between espisodes. They are unsure if meds are even in Bella's future due to other conditions, her cardiologist here says she is uncomfortable prescribing anything at this time.
Bella is on .4mg Thyroxine BID, and her levels were coming up normal up until this past test, they came up low again. However to me that makes sense because as she ages her thyroid becomes less functioning thus needed more meds...for a normal dog of her size the correct dosing would be 1.2 mg but at that level when she was first diagnosed her thyroid came up high after one month. So the .8mg daily was good for her.
Our current treatment for kidney issues is keeping phosphosus in her diet low and supplementing with fish oil, Vit e and recently Vit b complex, her values are still consider early renal disease, her urine is still looking good, she is still concentrating her urine and no protein in there either.
I agree that it is all related some way, I have spent hours on the computer and talking to people trying to piece things together, there are many other things that are going on with Bella that the vets have dismissed as unimportant or unrelated, but I think somewhere it all goes together...just trying to make Bella as comfortable and happy as possible and functioning at her best.
If you were to just meet her, no one would ever suspect she had any health issues. She is so beautiful and happy!
I found a local giant breed rescue that is added Bella to their roster..I am not giving her up...but they said since she was a rescue they would add her, and we are going for a second opinion at her trusted vet( they rescue lots of Saint) and it is rescue discount...and it will give Bella a 15%discount at cardiologist! I am finding it incredibly hard to find help because well everyone has differencing opinions and ideas of all these diseases and treatments.
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