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Old 02-04-2013, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Archie isn't feeling well these days....he had xrays a week and a half that time the vet said his heart was slightly enlarged and had what looked like a little fluid in it. So he wanted to rule out broncitis and put him on anti-biotics - they didn't work at all.

So we went back to the vet again and this time I asked for a different doctor who I had seen once before and liked her. She took more xrays and took me back to look at them. His heart is huge! it's on a slant because it doesn't fit in the space it should be. She can't really see any fluid though.

She says he has heart disease and there's not much we can do for him. We are making an appointment up at Garden State Hospital with a cardiologist to get an ECG, that will give us more information about it.

He coughs all night long, the poor dude is tired all the time and his tail is down. You can just tell he doesn't feel good.

Here's my boy maybe five years ago:
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Here he is last year (before he got his car canal removed in July)
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And here he is now.
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I know he needs a good grooming. He is going tomorrow all by himself, I was afraid to send him with the others last week, not knowing what was wrong with him.

Oh, and his ear is horrible!! It just doesn't ever get better.

This is all scaring me. I love him so much...
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending you and him a lot of love. Hoping all this will get sorted out and he'll feel great real soon. Poor baby!

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Old 02-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh Pat, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. We all love Archie, because we feel him through your words. Feel better little dude.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Pat, I'm sorry that Archie isn't feeling well. He's such a sweet looking guy. I hope that the cardio Dr can help. Hugs to you all.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh, Pat. I'm so sorry to hear that Archie has heart disease and that his ear is still not doing well. Hopefully the cardiac doctor will be able to prescribe a course of treatment.

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Old 02-04-2013, 06:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ahhhh Pat, will be praying for your special boy and .. and you too! I know this is scarey for you.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh poor dude. Sounds like cardiomyopathy perhaps. He needs lasix and digoxin. It won't cure it, but it will improve his quality for how ever long he has. Ask about that. So sorry for all his troubles. He's a speical boy.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry. It is so hard when our baby's health declines.

Has he been on Vetmedin yet? My malt Holly also developed a significant heart murmur and had started coughing. The vet put her on Vetmedin and it made an amazing difference in her comfort and energy level, and her coughing stopped completely. She was on it the last 2 years of her life and lived to be 17. If your baby isn't on it yet, you might ask your vet about it.

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Old 02-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Poor Archie, he does look tired. Get well soon baby. Prayers for you

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Old 02-04-2013, 06:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hearing that sad new about your Archie brings back memories of our sweet Angel who also had heart problems and a collapsed treachea. Our Vet really could not do too much for Angel. I hope that the Vet that you will be taking Archie too will be able to help him out. How old is Archie??? He sure is adorable and I hope that things will start to look up for him Pat.
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