|Barked: Sat Mar 7, '09 7:34am PST |
|DEAR HOSS'S MOM
*Casper's Mom here*
it's funny that you mentioned a routine check to the vet changed your life... well the same thing goes for me before the 1st operation on sept 30th, i took Casper to the vet to get fixed he was only 6 months old... after dropping him off and getting back home.... i got a phone call that i surely was not expecting. They told me please come and pick up Casper... and i asked "why?" , but didn't get a answer.
when i got there they didn't know what the problem was but told me that he has a heart murmur grade 5 (for any of you who know about heart murmurs grade 5 is extremely bad), but due to the fact that the vet was rude to me, and unwilling to answer any questions how i can help him, and she also told me to put him to sleep... because to get him operated on costs to much money, and if it was her dog, she would rather put him down then spend the money....
they could not fix him because if they were to put him down, without knowledge on heart problems, he could have died on the operating table...
i left out of there in shock that day, and clueless... i came home digging for answers clues as to how it could have happen to me?
i took him to 3 other vets (including my vet) so they can give me a second, third and fourth oppinion.... and they were all very close...
no one has told me it was a grade 5, but i did hear 1 say it was a grade 3, the other 2 vets (including mine) said it was a grade 4.
now with a murmur so high you need to know what's causing it, and how to take care of your dog so he can live a LONG HAPPY LIFE.
with that said i had my vet call in a specialist and did a EKG (also known as a ultrasound) on his heart, with that they would be able to determine what's wrong...
when i left him at the vet that morning of the ekg, i was not expecting anything bad, i never knew it could be what it was....
when i got called back, the vet told me he's got PULMONIC STENOSIS, and it's not just pulmonic stenosis that he can live with, he's got SEVERE PULMONIC STENOSIS.
his exact words were (i will not forget this till i die) " wow you hit the lotto, i have not seen this heart disease since i went to veterinary university 25 years ago, it's so rare.... it's like hitting the lotto"
luckily he was kind enough to answer every question, things he didn't know he went and found out for me, and then in return turned me in the right direction.
the bottom line is just like HOSS'S MOM SAID, you don't know how it feels until it touches your life, then you freak out and try to do anything to prevent heart failure..
i've heard comments from people who don't know nothing about the disease that Casper has... wow poor dog, maybe you should just let him die and not suffer....
well i have a good answer to all those who have said that, you see Casper is not suffering, he is not aware how sick he is, he does not know why he get tired faster than everyone else, he does not know why he needs to take yucky medication 2 times a day, he does not know why he drinks more water than everyone else, and does not know why he has a potty issue more than everyone else, he does not know why by the time 10pm comes, he's so tired and does not want to know the world... he just wants to sleep, he also does not know why he's the only one who wakes up super early... and it makes him sad that everyone turns him away at those hours.
HE DOES NOT KNOW HE SICK and that his heart is not well, because he's not feeling the severe pain yet.
You see i caught the heart problem early enough in his life to save him, to let him have a normal life, to let him have a long life,
there are pets out there with pulmonic stenosis, after a successful operation they live a longer life then some who have a normal heart.
that is why i'm keeping the FIGHT, and i'm doing everything in my power i can to save my little Casper.
thank you HOSS'S MOM for sharing your thoughts and your story
we love you and hoss and all the furry babies very much, thank you for your continuous support.
for all those who want to see a visual on pulmonic stenosis here are some photos
pulmonic stenosis and normal heart
ekg of a normal heart (it does not look swollen because it has proper blood flow)
a severe pulmonic stenosis heart ekg (you see this heart looks almost as if it's pregnant, because of lack of blood flow from the puliminary valve)
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