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Dog Health > Living with your pets heart disease
Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Thu Aug 11, '11 3:40pm PST 
You know, I'm not really sure what makes them not a candidate for it. Your cardiologist will know though. My cardiologist and regular vet will communicate back and forth on occasion whenever we go through a bad spell and she needs to switch things up, mostly because the cardio is around 3 hours away so it's not the easiest place to get to.

The murmur was discovered on Maddy when she was 6 I think. It never went anywhere until about a year ago when she started to develop a slight cough, then collapsed when on vacation. That was the most horrific episode we've dealt with, coming in a close second was her acute renal failure episode this past January caused by taking Previcox for a back injury (avoid NSAIDS! especially dogs on meds that are rough on the kidneys like heart meds are). She's 10 now, turning 11 in December if we can make it there. The vet is pretty confident we can though, she's been doing remarkably well and responds to everything we do.
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Dog Health > Living with your pets heart disease
Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Wed Aug 10, '11 3:23pm PST 
The drug he's talking about is called Vetmedin. It can definitely be a life saver, but also VERY dangerous for a dog who isn't the right candidate. The only way to know that is to go to a cardiologist and have a workup done. It's a few hundred dollars, but at least you'll know exactly what the diagnosis is and in turn what meds schedule you will go on.

Enalapril and lasix/furosemide are the first two drugs most dogs go on. Enalapril and Benazapril (easier on the kidneys), both ACE inhibitors, will help each pump of the heart count. Lasix will make your pup want to pee quite often but it gets all that horrible fluid out of there so they can breathe and lay comfortably.

I've been dealing with an advanced heart dog for the past year and there have been definite ups and downs. You just need to remain strong and advocate for the best care you can give. I've spent way more money than I could have ever imagined possible this past year keeping Maddy healthy and happy, but in the end she's so worth it.

If you're not a member yet, please consider joining the yahoo group I posted below. Those members are fantastic and will give great advice. The first thing they'll tell you is about the cardiologist though.

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CanineCongestiveHeartF ailure/
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Dog Laws & Legislation > Little Brown Dog in Knoxville needs your support

Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 3, '09 1:22pm PST 
Signed.
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Food & Nutrition > For those who feed natures variety instinct..

Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Tue Oct 13, '09 4:55pm PST 
We haven't tried NV in a long time but we'd like too!
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Food & Nutrition > Ultimate Dog Food Sampler Pack - Giveaway

Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Sat Aug 15, '09 2:10pm PST 
Ooo, I entered. Look at all the goodies! cloud 9
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Dog of the Day & Week > P-nutty: Dog of the week!!!
Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Fri Mar 13, '09 1:35pm PST 
I haven't been on dogster all week, but was SO excited to see your cute face on there! Condogulations!!!
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Plus Contests > Puppy Love Photo contest!

Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Wed Feb 11, '09 7:38pm PST 
I'm in!
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Dog Health > ADVICE new born orphaned Chi pups

Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Sun Feb 1, '09 10:24am PST 
Looks like we need to put potty pads on the shopping list for BeBe!
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Dog Health > ADVICE new born orphaned Chi pups

Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Sat Jan 31, '09 3:41pm PST 
What a wonderful mom she is!
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Plus Power of the Paw > POTP for the 6 packs newest fosters - two orphaned newborn chi's!
Angel Maddy

Forever Loved.- 12/20/00-02/05/1- 2
 
 
Barked: Sat Jan 31, '09 9:19am PST 
I would be absolutely terrified, but if anyone can do it the Kurowski 6 pack momma can!

health thread

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