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This is a discussion on Advanced heart disease and weather within the Dog Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; Originally Posted by Lakerfanalways Originally Posted by trinba I feel the same way about foxy. I love him so much he is also my first ...

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Old 11-17-2017, 08:19 PM
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I feel the same way about foxy. I love him so much he is also my first baby gifted to me on my bday after asking for him I travelled out of state to Cali in fact juat to pick him up from his breeder. I have 3 other dogs but in my heart foxy is the first and pampered one. I can't let him pass without trying everything in my power. I've as of last week gotten lucky in that i got a job at a vet hospital only 4 hours a week as kennel tech but what pays off even better is the perks. You get at cost prices for everything no exam fees my coworker said her dogs 2000 surgery came down to 200 bucks. I feel like my prayers are veing answered in terms of us moving to a city where there are plenty if cardiologist in our city in texas there were none. And now I have a job where foxys vet bills will be super discounted. All of his lab work x rays can be done where I work and the cardiologist can do the more in depth stuff his pressure med adjustments echocardiogram etc. I'll definitely ask about advancements and what his levels are, now im curious too. Foxy only collapsed the one time. The second he did he was rushed to the emergency 10 minute away from home so i think also the quick response time helped in treating him cause it's never happened again thank god. Nemo lived a long full life at 14. If foxy can make it to 12 (I know that's asking the world cuz 2 years ago already he was taking enalapril and had an enlarged heart), i can reat happy. But 9 is so young for a chihuahua its really upsetting :/
That is great that you work at a Vet's office, you can get much needed advice there too. I could never work at a Vet's office, so sad seeing pups and cats being brought in who are real sick would break my heart I couldn't do it..Sounds like Foxy is in better shape than Nemo was when he was diagnosed with PH, I think Foxy's condition must have been caught early because Nemo even when he was put on the Viagra he still collapsed, just not every second but it didnt stop it cold he would still collapse every other day or so, when he got super excited, which in Nemo's case since he was always excited about everything he would jump like crazy which would cause a collapse. Yeah I agree 9 years old is WAY too young to bury a pup.if you can have another 2 years with him, which is POSSIBLE even with PH, if caught early I have read dogs live 2 years with the condition. The problem with Nemo is they found it so late, have no idea how it happened it was just bam out of the blue, first the heart murmur when he was full of fluid, then 2 days later with the collapsing, like a snowball effect zero warning, nothing other than the coughing which he had done for 5 years so still a mystery exactly what happened..how a murmur could have been missed since he went to the Vet in that time span at least 4 times how could it have been missed, we will never know what really happened unfortunately [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.dogforum.com/images/smilies/frown.gif[/IMG] Foxy looks like a happy pup, but the cold weather I bet he hates it, just have to deal with it I guess cold weather is tough on everyone, especially dogs with heart/lung issues. Praying SO much for Foxy, when I see him I see Nemo and I want him to have a better shot than Nemo did
Im actually pet sitting a schnauzer 14 years old that last week was diagnosed with some sort of heart disease. The owner said that she collapsed suddenly at night and was so grateful that I had recommended the animal hospital that Foxy uses because she just moved to the area also from tx, and had we not talked about foxy when i did the consult for pet sitting, She would not have known where to go and what to look for. Her dog had collapses twice since then but not with me. Wonder what the actual diagnosis is. Here is the painting that was made of foxy that o just received.
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Old 11-17-2017, 09:15 PM
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Im actually pet sitting a schnauzer 14 years old that last week was diagnosed with some sort of heart disease. The owner said that she collapsed suddenly at night and was so grateful that I had recommended the animal hospital that Foxy uses because she just moved to the area also from tx, and had we not talked about foxy when i did the consult for pet sitting, She would not have known where to go and what to look for. Her dog had collapses twice since then but not with me. Wonder what the actual diagnosis is. Here is the painting that was made of foxy that o just received.
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww so cute!!!!!!!
Sounds like that pup might have PH, sounds like Nemo that is how he was diagnosed, collapsed a few times no one knew why til they did the Pulmonary Pressure test and there it was
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I had the same situation occur with my Chihauah.

He is 13ish. Last year, after a surgery on his bum, the vet addressed his coughing after we had already confirmed his trachea collapse. They pushed and pushed getting his teeth cleaned - more $ for them, but still doesn't aide in the collapse. At this point, his coughing was so bad we had already suspected CHF.

Sure enough, he was diagnosed with CHF. BUT was only put on Vetmedin. The cough decreased but never went away. I took him to the emergency clinic about 2 months ago and the vet there placed him on Lasiks, another heart pill, and continued Vetmedin. He now takes Lasiks twice a day and Vetmedin twice (instead of his usual once). I have seen a major decrease in his coughing, however if he gets worked up through playing or exercise, he will cough once or twice.

There is no cure for CHF. I don't think the dogs go in and out of CHF - they either have CHF or they don't. However, I do know missing dosages of medicine and not being properly medicated with the right dosages puts strain on the heart.
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