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Old 02-02-2017, 01:51 PM
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About 9 years ago a stray dog adopted our house. We are guessing she was probably 3 or 4 at the time...maybe older. She has had no health issues until recently. I noticed about a week or so ago that she was looking fat. I cut back on her food slightly and figured she needed more activity. Thing is, she used to play with my other dog and that stopped. She seemed more lethargic since Christmas and just uncomfortable. She has stumbled down the steps a time or two and I realize she is getting old. The belly was of the most concern and then over the last few days, hacking/coughing. Yesterday she went to the Vet. The vet says she is retaining fluid and has signs of congestive heart failure. Prescribed a diuretic, a BP med, and something called Vetmedin.

Vetmedin is a "forever" heart med.

Does anyone here have a dog on this medication?
Anyone have a dog with these symptoms?

She had heart worms when we got her and we did the long term, not short term fix. She has been clear for 8 years. The vet thinks this is the result of heart damage from the heartworms.

Why now?
Why suddenly? (relatively sudden)

I am contemplating a second opinion but before I get another $400.00 vet bill, I wanted to get some real life feedback.





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Originally Posted by Aerovette View Post
Long read.

About 9 years ago a stray dog adopted our house. We are guessing she was probably 3 or 4 at the time...maybe older. She has had no health issues until recently. I noticed about a week or so ago that she was looking fat. I cut back on her food slightly and figured she needed more activity. Thing is, she used to play with my other dog and that stopped. She seemed more lethargic since Christmas and just uncomfortable. She has stumbled down the steps a time or two and I realize she is getting old. The belly was of the most concern and then over the last few days, hacking/coughing. Yesterday she went to the Vet.

The vet says she is retaining fluid and has signs of congestive heart failure. Prescribed a diuretic, a BP med, and something called Vetmedin.

Vetmedin is a "forever" heart med.

Does anyone here have a dog on this medication?
Anyone have a dog with these symptoms?

She had heart worms when we got her and we did the long term, not short term fix. She has been clear for 8 years. The vet things this is the result of heart damage from the heartworms.

Why now?
Why suddenly? (relatively sudden)

I am contemplating a second opinion but before I get another $400.00 vet bill, I wanted to get some real life feedback.




My 92 year old father has the same thing.

Bloated, big stomach. He's been like this for the last 4 years and going strong.

I'm a big dog lover and hate to see them suffer.

Hope all works out.
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My mom's adopted stray dog has same problem, same medicine. Meds seem to help condition. For how long can't say.
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Haven't had that experience with any of my pups but thinking positive thoughts for you and your puppy. Good luck and hopefully the meds and input from here will be helpful.
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I know how you feel, my Poodle starting slow down little, and rushed her to the Vet for all kind's of test, all came out good, Doc, said she just aging, and not to take her on long walks it's exhausting to her.
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about 9 years ago + about 3 or 4 y/o = about 13 y/o dog = old dog.


Sorry Aero .... pups coming to the end her time.
Just love her daily.

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Not familiar with the problem, but prayers for a treatment that works for the pup.

Once had a rescue pup that developed hemangiosarcoma, resulting in fluid build-up in the heart sack. He went down fast.
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12 or older dog why would you want to put her through that? Just enjoy what you have left.

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My neighbor's Beagle had same condition, placed on forever heart med, and she lived another 3 years. Her quality of life was still good too, as she loved playing with my dogs until the end.
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12 or older dog why would you want to put her through that? Just enjoy what you have left.
Because she is miserable.
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Originally Posted by Aerovette View Post
Because she is miserable.

That is new info. I always let mine die natural at home if I can if they are in pain I have the vet come here to put them down so they die with love and not fear.
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Prayers for your pup.

My pup will be 3 y/o next week. I'll be a wreck when she goes.
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good luck,shes getting old
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That is new info. I always let mine die natural at home if I can if they are in pain I have the vet come here to put them down so they die with love and not fear.
I have pictures from October and she is perfectly fine. While I agree she isn't a puppy, this sudden turn doesn't seem age related. Unless she hid the symptoms for a long time.

She has SOME of the signs of a flipped stomach BUT the vet says aside from a somewhat "sludgy" gall bladder, her other organs are ok and she has no tumors or any signs of cancer etc.

Gums are pink, eyes are clear, appetite is good, drinks enough water. It just seems incredibly uncomfortable for her to walk with her distended belly. She coughs and expels gas from both ends.

Every sign to me points to digestive issues, but the vet is focused on the heart.
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She looks and sounds just like Goldie. She was a drop off dog that one of my dogs wanted to keep. They would run off any others but for some reason wanted to keep her. She was a useless dog but friendly. That is how she was for the last week before she died. We had her for 8 years.
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I say another vet to make sure. She was checked to make sure nothing is in her belly such as raw hide, a sock, anything? She could have eaten something bad. Mine ate an onion once and had a belly I thought was going to pop. X-ray ??
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Sounds like that med has a chance to give her a few more years with a good quality of life. I've never used it, but wish you the best with it.

That said, and I don't know what your experience level with dogs is, but:

When I think back to all the dogs I, my family, and friends have had over the last half-century, and think of the story of them dying, nearly all of the stories sounded like this:

_______________ was fine, maybe moved a little slower than in younger days, but still active, and then one day, he/she developed something seemingly minor, and two weeks later he/she was gone.

It kind of seems like that is how most of them die.
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I hope your pup will be ok

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You might try another vet just to confirm. If there is a vet school near you take her there as the docs are up on the latest treatments
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