|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.
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