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Old 12-13-2012, 11:07 PM   #21 (permalink)

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My boy, Casper, has CHF. He had a heart murmer for a few years and then one day he started coughing. I took him to the vet and he put him on Furosemide (Lasik). We went to a vet school and had him tested by a heart doctor. He was also put on Enalapril. That was almost 2 and a half years ago. He has started coughing again when excited so he was also put on Vetmedin. I never miss a dose.
If you saw him you would think he was perfectly healthy and younger than his 11 years. I was told in the beginning that he had 1 to 4 years. I am thankful for every day.
Oh, I forgot to mention he is on KD Sciencediet. He was on it because of my girl but that is a long story. My vet said it was the best thing for him, I was told that he needs low protein and low salt so he does not get any treats.

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Old 12-14-2012, 05:24 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Thinking of you and our baby sending all our love I ave a poorly pup too it's heartbreaking xx
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:14 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I am so sorry about Maximus! I have no experience, but I would definitely seek out the best cardiologist. Prayers your way!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:34 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Oh poor sweet Maximus and you. You are both in my prayers. Please keep us posted.

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Old 12-14-2012, 09:36 AM   #25 (permalink)
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DIanes post is great news for you! And it made me think--if you have a veterinary college near you that's where you can get great care. When I was in Michigan there was a great one that my friend used with several of her dogs and they WERE AMAZING. If you are lucky enough to have one in your state keep that in mind.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:49 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry about your little Maximus..
My Missy had CHF but she also had a litany of other serious health problems so there is not a 'comparison'..
Will certainly be keping your 'aby' and you in my prayers!
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Thank you so much everyone for caring.


Your post made me feel so much better. We are going back to see the cariologist on December 26th for check-up so hopefully she can tell me some good news.

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I am so sorry for what you are going through. Unfortunately, I know only too well what you are going through. My Heidi (who was almost 13) had congestive heart failure and was on Enalapril, Lasix and Vetmedin. The big thing our vet stressed was to try and keep her as calm as possible and not to let her exert herself. So we would carry her up and down the stairs, etc. Heidi only lasted about 4 months after she was diagnosed. I'm praying that your Maximus responds well to the medications.

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Old 12-14-2012, 12:41 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Sending love & prayers. . . words seem shallow & trite. May God give you courage & hope.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:40 PM   #30 (permalink)

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I forgot to add that Casper has never been congested. His coughing was from an enlarged ventricle pressing on his trachea. His problem is with the mitral valve.
I hope this helps. I remember how worried and upset I was at the time. Many of the different vets that we went to said 1-4 years but my regular vet told me that he had dogs live longer. He said they don't really know it depends on the dog.

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