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Old 12-13-2012, 07:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I am sorry Maximus is sick. He is a doll. I have no experience but maybe some will. I know I have seen this topic in past. I am so sorry as I know you are so sad with the dr's diagnosis. I will pray they are wrong.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry you and Maximus are going through this. I don't know why this is so often missed on routine vet exams. My Emma had congestive heart failure, and it was never diagnosed until she was in crisis. I'm glad that they got Maximus stabilized and you will have more time with him. It could very well be more than a year with proper care and meds.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Oh I am so very sorry. I wish there were words to help you. Hugs and prayers.
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My first Maltese lived for about four years on enalapril, adding Lasix the last year or so. I hope your baby does as well.
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I'm so sorry! I hope with the medications, he will do well! I don't have experience with dogs with CHF...only humans. Enalapril is an ACE inhibitor that's used to lower blood pressure and/or help with CHF. It prevents the blood vessels from constricting and makes it easier for the blood to flow through them. The fluid in the lungs is from the CHF. When the heart doesn't pump the blood efficiently, fluid can back into the lungs. Are the also putting him on a diuretic or restricting his fluid intake to a certain amount per day? That is usually done with humans.


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I'm so sorry about Maximus, sending good thoughts and prayers for him.
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I'm so sorry you and Maximus are going through this. I don't know why this is so often missed on routine vet exams. My Emma had congestive heart failure, and it was never diagnosed until she was in crisis. I'm glad that they got Maximus stabilized and you will have more time with him. It could very well be more than a year with proper care and meds.
Thank you. So is Emma okay now? All he wants to do is sleep Also, with these medications, he drinks a lot and has to pee a lot too (the doctor said he would). He's doesn't go to the bathroom in the house until I take him out so now I would have to hire a baby sitter to take him out during the day while I'm at work since he and I live alone.

BTW, I would recommend you guys get pet insurance. I never looked into it because he's always been healthy but this cost me close to $8,000.

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Uncle Vinny and Autie Ann, and Biscuit sending loves, hugs, and prayers that Maximus will pull through and have a speedy recovery! Stay strong for your baby and continue to research and see if you can get additional perspective and opinion from other Vets.
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Oh so sorry about Maximus. I don't have any experience with this in dogs, but wanted you to know I am thinking of you and praying for Maximus.
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Thank you. So is Emma okay now? All he wants to do is sleep Also, with these medications, he drinks a lot and has to pee a lot too (the doctor said he would). He's doesn't go to the bathroom in the house unti I take him out so now I would have to hire a baby sitter to take him out during the day while I'm at work since he and I live alone.

BTW, I would recommend you guys get pet insurance. I never looked into it because he's always been healthy but this cost me close to $8,000.

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No, I'm sorry. She never stabilized from that crisis. We lost her that day. HOWEVER, I truly believe that the fact that you got your Maximus stable and have him on meds, makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE in the world, and will give you a hopeful outcome. When I left Emma at the vet that day, his plan was to get her stabilized, then get her on meds--it just didn't work that way for us--Emma was older--13--but the doctor was very optimistic that IF he could stabilize her breathing, he could get her on meds and she could live quite awhile. He, himself, had a schnauzer (Em was a schnauzer mix) who had been living for several years with this condition. I don't want you to think that because I lost Emma, that you will have the same outcome. The fact that Maximus is stable and on meds is very very positive. Everything I've read about this condition in dogs (and I read a lot after I lost Emma) indicates that they can live a reasonably long time with proper care.
Hopefully you can find somebody reasonable to come check on him during the day once or twice, not only to let him out but just to check on him for your peace of mind.
All my best thoughts are with you and your guy.
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