Originally Posted by pnwretired
Mine too has congestive hear disease. I just keep him comfortable with meds. No way am I spending thousands and thousands of dollars on a cardiologist just to have him die anyway. That is not humane either putting a dog through all that. Love, love my Cavalier but animals die and we just need to do what is best for them and not let our emotions get in the way.
It all depends on what you can afford to do and what you are comfortable doing. In my case, I could afford it so I was more than happy to do it. It was worth it seeing the difference from when he was first diagnosed, coughing, hacking and not being happy, to getting the right meds prescribed and him returning to his regular personalilty of being happy, playing a lot and his heart being able to keep up with the amount of exercise he needed to be happy. And there was nothing inhumane about his cardiologist visits. The tests are not invasive. Ultrasounds & the occassional EKG are easy and he was more than happy to lay still and get petted while they were being done. Each situation is different, each person is different and not all dogs will react as well to the medication or to the vet visits, but if anyone's dog has CHF and the dog isn't stressed by regular vet visits and they can afford to keep up with the medicine and vet visits to determine how to adjust the meds every few months, than it is more than worth it for their quality of life. I'm so glad I chose to go that route, rather than watch him slowly wither away coughing & hacking for the last six months of his life. The cardiologist knew how high he could adjust the meds without them causing more problems then they were treating, so when we hit that ceiling, I knew it was almost time and the meds couldn't be adjusted anymore. So when they stopped being as effective and he started having trouble again, I knew it wasn't going to get better & it was time to euthanize him, which was much better than slowly watching him lose his quality of life, waiting to die.