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Old 02-10-2013, 05:27 PM
Location: Windsor, CO
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Originally Posted by pnwretired View Post
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.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:36 PM
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Default 8 year old Chiuhuahua has (CHF) and has 6-9 months to live

My dog has always been a healthy & happy little dog. He started a few months ago with a cough that wouldn't go away, we took him to the vet. They did a chest X-ray and told us he has a heart murmur an enlarged heart that was pressing on his lungs and his trachea causing the cough and he had about 6-9 months to live. They started us on a water pill to drain the fluid in his lungs Furosemide, they put him on Tobutotrol which is a narcotic to help with the pain, Enalapril which is to help with his heart and Vetmedin to help with his heart. He is only 8 I have read so many posts and all of the dogs are 10, 12, 14 and older going through this. We took him to a cardio specialist as well and she said that we might get lucky and he might make it longer. To me this is just insane!! We bought him, he was a purebred with no problems. Has anyone experienced this before? I mean a dog this young can have this. I see the toll the medication has taken on him, his eating has diminished and now he is getting the shakes. Has anyone experienced this? I would love feedback please. Thank you
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