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Old 11-26-2012, 05:47 PM
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So sorry to hear about Tess. Hoping she does well on the meds. A friend has Cavs and one lived a few years with a bad heart.
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So sorry to hear about Tess. I do hope she does well on the medication. I guess at the end of the day, our greatest desire & hope for those we love, is that they have a good quality of life. For your encouragement ......one of my much loved Bengal cats was born with a flat chest, which means her ribs are not as full they they should be, thus not allowing her heart to have as much space as it would normally have. Fortunately, her heart was not so restricted that she would have been suffering, though it does beat much more quickly & more shallow. Our vet said she would not live longer than five years old, as her heart would be worn out by then, by all the extra pumping it did. Tammy is now six & a half years old & as active as she has always been ...she is showing no signs of slowing down & at her last vet check up in April this year, the vet said her heart was still working well.
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I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I am sending good thoughts your way. We love you Tess!!!
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Sorry for what you're going through
For encouragement, my little Yorkie/Shih Tzu was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. I took her in as I noticed her coughing a lot more and panting even when not hot or if she wasn't doing anything. She had fluid around the heart and a significant murmur. X-Rays showed the heart was quite enlarged. We started on Vetmedin and Furosimide (for the fluid)...then next few days she peed so much, which I was glad to see getting rid of all that fluid. They told us that every dog does different and some go quickly despite meds, others respond well and live a comfortable life for awhile. This all happened a year and a half ago, Abby is doing as well as she can. She just went for her annual check up last week and although the arythmia an murmur (sp?) is still very pronounced she has no fluid and her colour was good (pink gums/tongue which I keep an eye on). She has the odd coughing fits which he have (from vet presciption) codene which I give as a cough surpressent if she's having a bad day. Don't have to use it too much. She still chases after the neighbours cat and runs around the yard only in shorter bursts. I said to the vet as long as I know she isn't in discomfort we'll keep doing what we are doing. I know a lot of triggers that get her excited and try and avoid, crowds, humidity and heat as well as extreme cold. Fingers crossed your baby has several more happy years ahead. I remember how devastated we were when she got her diagnosis and we cried and cried thinking she may only have a few months left. Now we just have as much happy moments with her as we can and cherish every minute we get with her. We realized we were so aborbed with feeling sad that we were missing out on some happy times. Great big hugs to you and Tess
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We had a smaller dog who lived several years with meds for congestive heart failure. The only thing besides meds we had to keep an eye on was to not let her get too excited or she'd start coughing, which was what led to the exams and her diagnosis.
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I'm so sorry. Prayers coming that Tess responds well and way outlives any prediction!
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I'm sorry to hear about Tess. Our eskie lived 5 years after being diagnosed. The vet initially said 2-3 so he did really well and made it to 15 years old. I hope it is the same for Tess.
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So very sorry,to hear this.Will pray,for a maximum of quality time,with you and yr family.
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I am so very sorry and hope your little cutie pie does well.
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