12 month old with Enlarged Heart (Dilated Cardiomyopathy)
Hello there I am posting here if I could get any information about my dogs problem witch is Enlarged Heart (Dilated Cardiomyopathy).
There is alot of stuff on the internet to read about, but I have not yet found a single link on a dog that would have such severe symphons such early in his life.
He is 12months old , and 3 days ago I had to rush him to the vet since he was coughing really baddly , which was the result of excesive water in his lungs. The doctors did everything they could and well gave me a milion of medicine for me to feed the dog with.
I would just like to know abit more about the disease in a dog that just came out of his puppy months.
Some information about his heart : it was around 220 beats per minute , with around 45-50 breaths per minute ( while sleeping )when we got him home and started treating, it slowed down to 190 beats per minute to around 27 breaths per minute while sleeping.
So any extra info I could get would be helpfull.
I'm sorry I don't know anything about it but I want so say I'm sorry you are having to go through this. I know there are Veterinarians who frequent this forum. Hopefully some one with experience will chime in soon. I hope your dog gets good treatment and feels better soon.
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I'm sorry to hear about your pup's diagnosis--he's much too young to be having heart issues. Have you been to a cardiologist yet? If not, here is a website that will help you find a board certified one in your area: ACVIM
I would also let your breeder know about your pup's diagnosis. Did the pup's parents have heart clearances accomplished by a cardiologist?
He has been at the cardiologist, his life span is grim they said with the problem he has he has around 1-3 years of life remaining. I took him home and were using medication to slow his heart beat abit, since it was too high for ecg machine to record proper reading( was around 220 ).
hopefully he will get abit better so we can have abit normal dog life, since currently he starts coughing again when he gets abit too excited which is heartbreaking to watch when you need to tell him to relax and put him to resting position.
Im just fishing for some information here, if somebody had a similar case with a dog this young, since i have a hard time locating any info on the internet ( all of the cases are on 6yrs+ )
You might want to try a dobie or boxer forum where cardiomyopathy is more prevalent in the breed--might find folks with young pups like yours that are going through the same thing.
Sorry to hear about your pup. He is very young and the best thing you can do is what you are doing, medications and keeping him quiet. You maybe able to get a few years with him, as you have him on medications. Just look for signs of distress, coughing, breathing troubles with pale gums. Its not fair a young dog has to deal with these problems. I would also get him checked by the cardiologist every 6 mos to make sure things are going smoothly. Good luck and give your dog lots of hugs and kisses from us!
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