Good Job owning your thread
Yay for Ava!
Caution however...please consider never vaxing again re: heart, and no heartworm prevention, at least until you read up on the likelyhood of catching it depending on your area (have to have 2 weeks consistant temps of 56F day and night - then after a heat wave you treat, not before)..will forward the articles regarding.
and the post/jab about vets is not about all vets, just vets that over script for minor issues, and only because I CARE about dogs...as one says on this thread....they aren't humans w/fur, which means they also shouldn't be fed processed food or be drugged to DEATH!
Where are the clinical findings backing that vaccines have any effect on a dog with an enlarged heart? And heartworm preventative has NO contraindications in a dog with cardiac disease, in fact the opposite is true! If a dog is already fighting one form of heart disease, you do NOT want that dog getting heartworms and just adding to the cardiac problem!
It is unlikely that a heart would be enlarged in conjunction with heart disease unless there was a murmur or other symptoms of heart disease. It may be over-interpretation of the films by the veterinarian. At my clinic we ALWAYS send out films to a board-certified radiologist for additional interpretation.
If there are no other signs of heart disease, such as a murmur, then I would first want said radiographs to be sent to a radiologist FIRST. It may very well save a cardiology exam fee, if they say "No, we do not feel this is an enlarged heart, and there are not other indicators of cardiac disease". I'm not saying your vet is wrong, or your vet "sucks". But xrays, it's a skill to read them. That's why we have board-certified radiologists that do nothing but sit all day and read radiographs.
As far as a link between an enlarged heart and the episode of diarrhea, I see none. Yes, there MAY potentially be a link (parvo can affect the heart), but it is VERY VERY unlikely. Most likely, two separate problems here, as posted above.
I am finding your posts to be very DANGEROUS, the more I see of them. I'm sorry, I am speaking out from a professional standpoint. I have agreed with you before, I DO think in many cases we over-vaccinate. But to REPEATEDLY warn people against vaccination, and to link every problem under the sun to vaccination? NO. You are doing every member on this board a disservice, and that is my professional opinion.
WHEN, not if but WHEN someone listens to you, and WHEN they don't vaccinate against rabies, and WHEN there dog either kills a raccoon or gets out and bites someone or something else happens, there will be LARGE consequences. Or WHEN that person, who takes there dog to the dog park every single day, doesn't vaccinate and their dog gets distemper, there WILL be consequences.
Every person needs to look at their risks and exposure levels. We just euthanized a 1 year old intact mastiff that was NEVER vaccinated, and it had distemper.