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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?
Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Fri Jul 8, '16 9:02am PST 
I'm not entirely certain the PM system is working, but I sent you one.
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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?
Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Wed Jul 6, '16 8:11am PST 
Well the forums are ending, so no more updates here I guess. I am over on Pupsters & Kitsters, and on the community facebook group.

Treader had a vet appointment yesterday, and he's doing well enough. He lost two pounds because he has to work harder to breathe, so I have to feed him more.
They were hoping to be able to lower the lasix dose, since it was already at the max, but they think lowering the dosage any would kill him.
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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?

Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Mon Jul 4, '16 6:51am PST 
I think the diuretic is beginning to not work as well as it was. His stomach (which is distended without the diuretic) usually goes down more than it has been the past few days.
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Raw Food Diet > Would you let a sitter feed your dog kibble for four months?

Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Thu Jun 30, '16 11:57pm PST 
I had to leave my cat with an anti-raw friend once. I gave her canned food to feed him twice a day, and while she had dry food out constantly as a temporary thing I was told it wouldn't be a big deal. That said, my cat was fed partial raw, the other half of his diet being canned.

Aside, I don't know that I'd trust someone else to feed my pets raw unless they're familiar with it and I think they'll do a good job.
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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?

Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Wed Jun 29, '16 9:40pm PST 
Another question--the x-ray also revealed that Treader has kidney stones. The vet pointed those out to me when she was showing me how large his heart was and all the fluids in his abdominal cavity.
If Treader is going to stick around a while longer, will anything need to be done about that? I suppose that is a question for the vet...

There have been no symptoms related to that, and we wouldn't know about them at all without the x-ray.
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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?
Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Wed Jun 29, '16 9:34pm PST 
This is making me realize how common these health problems are, though. I guess we were just lucky with Cookie--she was healthy all her life, only had minor, easily fixed stuff like UTIs or ear infections. (And incontinence, but that was manageable and related to old age...) When we had her put down it was because of old age only, her body was wearing out on her.

Treader here is only about 11, so I thought we'd have a few more years with him. He was diagnosed with his heart murmur about three years ago.
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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?

Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Wed Jun 29, '16 6:52pm PST 
Yeah, I went on a little research spree after getting this final diagnosis. I wish I had before. And I wish it had been made clear to me how serious it was. IDK. I'm not blaming the old vet. They weren't bad (though they misdiagnosed my cat with kidney disease, but that's another story)--but this new vet explains things in terms I can understand.

Murphy--I'll PM you. And I'm sorry. frown

For the time being Treader is doing well enough and seems happy. What the vet had said the day I brought him in was that the Lasix might help him, but for how long is hard to say--could be days, could be weeks, or could be months if we're lucky.
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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?

Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Tue Jun 28, '16 7:51pm PST 
My cat may have heart disease, too. The vet confirmed he has a heart murmur. But I can't afford to get it checked out any further while I'm taking care of Treader.
I will when I can, though.

I wish the old vet had been more clear about things and explained them more when they told us Treader had a murmur and put him on medication. I mean, sure, they talked about heart enlargement and stuff, but I had no clue it was heart disease. They didn't use those words. This new vet actually explains stuff.

This time around with the cat, if he does have heart disease, I will be able to make better decisions since I know now.
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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?

Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Tue Jun 28, '16 7:45pm PST 
I wasn't able to access this site for a while because of malware, but I have an update and it's not good news.

He's in heart failure. I took him to the vet because his stomach was distended, and she knew what it was pretty much straight away. (This was a new vet, I may have mentioned her already? I think I did. She was amazing with my cat.) Of course she wanted to do an x-ray to confirm.

At the time she was telling me putting him down before the scarier symptoms come up may be the best option. (She also knows just how bad my financial situation is and that may have been another factor in that.) He was having labored breathing already and had to be put on oxygen after the x-ray because it stressed him out.
When they took me back to see him, they were holding the mask to his face, he turned around from the table he was on and climbed into my arms. Poor boy.

We went home with a diuretic, and he's responding well to it. For now he's breathing easier and seems happy. But the vet was clear that this isn't a cure, it'll just extend his quality of life.

So he's on three medications. VetMedin, Benazepril, and Lasix.
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Dog Health > heart murmur & enlarged heart, meds?
Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Tue Apr 19, '16 9:57am PST 
Not really an update, but the vets I've seen have asked if Treader coughed a lot when excited.
Generally, no, like if I get his leash out and he gets all happy and barky he's pretty much normal. Most of the time his coughing will just be at random times.

But the other day there was a cat in the backyard that Treader chased out. He had a coughing fit right after that.
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