Join Date: Mar 2018
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Thanked 10 Times in 4 Posts
Enlarged heart - dilated cardiomyopathy 11 year old femal golden
My golden retriever will soon be 11 years old (June). What happened .....leading up to this diagnoses dilated cardiomyopathy.
Three weeks ago I changed her food. She was eating a grain free chicken Acana food all her life. I changed to honest kitchen grain free chicken recipe three weeks ago. It is dehydrated. During the last two weeks, I noticed she wasn't drinking water and panting more often. i called the company to inquire about sodium amount in food ....found out it was low. I questioned them on my concern of her not drinking water and it seemed she was peeing more. He said it may be due to the 3 cups of water added to the 1 cup of dehydrated food she was getting. This sounded right and I agreed. I did also notice her drop her bum more ....she had a few bowel moments that struggled to come out but over all normal bowel movements. I was adding organic wild blueberries to her food as well.
Yesterday after she ate I noticed she became sick, lethargic and she laid down with no energy to get up. The night before I opened a honeydew melon and my daughter fed her a lot of it. I thought Maybe she had a stomach ache .....
Her belly felt full but she did just eat. I tried talking to her but she wouldn't lift her head. I rubbed her and pet her and talked to her for 30 or so minutes. I then got up did some things in the kitchen while she lay beside me.....I asked her if she felt sick and needed to go to vet ...and she perked up and got up....I got her leash ....took her outside ....she walked passed the vehicle ....so I allowed her to lead me ....thinking she was ok....I got about 8 min from house and she immediately dropped to the ground laying down ....she wasn't moving. I wasn't forcing her either. I was respecting her wishes. She did not want to get up.
I was able to call a friend and got to vet hospital within 20 min. She was not over friendly to my friend which she loves and adores....she just lay there ....I knew she was sick when she didn't want to run and greet her.
At the vet they did a ultra sound (which was super old equipment and not very reliable) ....and X rays. It showed she had an enlarged heart ....I was told normal size is approx 10.5 ....hers is 12. They were also concerned with this black space between her heart and her ribcage. They said something was lifting it up off the ribcage. But they didn't know what. They suggested we go to another top notch best vet clinic in the city with specialists ....more tests etc....I will be honest I would love to, but we can't afford it. Please don't judge, this is difficult for me, I love my Maggie like I love my own three children. I love her more then certain family members.
My concern sending her off was not just the cost, but Maggie had major anxiety .....it would have caused her a great deal of stress. My other concern is ....what will it solve ??? What less will it tell us?
The vet clinic already told me she has dilated cardiomyopathy. This dark spot on the X Ray ....what is it....they didn't know so I asked if they could send the imaging to the clinics specialists and could we just get them to read it ....they said yes...so I paid for this option instead. I am still awaiting the results. Suppose to be given within 24 hours ....sent them yesterday late afternoon ...so it may be supper timeish by time I get the results.
My question is ....the vet is putting Maggie on meds pimobendan(vetmedin) it is to be taken 2 X per day dose of 2.5 mg
Maggie weights 34 kilos
The vet also wants her off grain free diet .....I don't know what to feed her !!!??? Any suggestions please ????
The vet also wants her on taurine 250 mg a day
Is this a good protocol ?
Did I create the problem with changing her food ? Did it create stress on her.....it all seems related to the change ....or is it coincidental ?
Can this med be purchased online from a reputable company .....as it is 200 per month....ouch! I will pay it no issues, but wondered if anyone uses a SAFE online company ? I don't want to risk buying online and giving her something from China that has been poisoned or tampered with etc.
Is she suffering ?
Will she suffer ?
Is this a death sentence ....I read online that some dogs can only survive very little time after such a diagnoses ....is this true ?
I will see if I can post X Ray. X Ray up,I added but I see it is uploaded upside down ....I hope you can still understand it ....
Any help thoughts are appreciated.
Thank you kindly.