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Tess is having some troubles

As many of you know already, my little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a bad heart which recently kicked into congestive heart disease. She's been taking heart medicines and responding to them well it seems--the occasional coughing fit maybe every three-four days. But the other day she developed some incontinence--peed on both DD's bed and mine. And then in her crate the next night.

So the vet called today and she's going to put her on estrogen therapy for a couple weeks to see if she responds. Poor little girl--she's taking so many pills! I hope it works. The saddest part of this is I don't think she'll be able to sleep in our beds now. She will be fine with that--she has always preferred to sleep in her crate!--but I think it will make my DD sad. Tess has slept with her since she came home as a puppy.

I really hate watching these wonderful creatures get old.
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Tess is having some troubles

Oh! Im so sorry!!!! I hope the estrogen works. Accidents are always embarrassing, even for a dog.


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So so sorry OutWest. I sure hope the estrogen will help.
How about protective bed sheets, they are soft on the upper side but have a protective rubber on the side facing the mattress. They are machine washable. If I remember correctly I got them at bed bath and beyond.
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Is it PPA or DES they are putting her on? Erin was on PPA for years and it worked great, but in the last year we had to add DES to keep her dry. I believe PPA is safer for long term use, hopefully some of the vets here will chime in. Hope it all works out.
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I'm so sorry to hear about little Tess, I hope the medication helps.
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Is it PPA or DES they are putting her on? Erin was on PPA for years and it worked great, but in the last year we had to add DES to keep her dry. I believe PPA is safer for long term use, hopefully some of the vets here will chime in. Hope it all works out.
I don't know--I will check that out when I pick up the meds. The nurses at the office are breaking up capsules and re-filling them with the proper amount. They don't carry the right size for Tess--she's only 20 lbs. So I'm going to pick it up later. Vet was very sweet. She said I could do the recanting at home, but she didn't want me to be handling the estrogen and the nurses are trained to do it.
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Sorry to hear this, hope it helps her!
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Any news on Tess? Has she started her estrogen therapy yet?
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I just got back from picking it up, so will start her on it shortly. The doctor prescribed the DES--is t here anything I should be looking for in the area of side effects? Do you know why the other is safer long-term? I didn't get a chance to talk to the doc--just picked it up.
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Bumping up - hoping for some more experienced to chime in PPA vs DES.
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