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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-17-2008, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Heart Disease, help please

Killian has been diagnosed with heart disease. He has about 6 months to a year left and I would like to know what I should expect.

His belly has filled with fluid and they will be draining it on Monday.

They put him no a strong diuretic, Furosemide 20mg tablets (6 per day). The one thing I noticed is that he has urinated a tiny bit, several times, while he sleeps. Is this because of the medication plus the added weight on his bladder from all the fluid?

What should I expect the progress of this to be? What can I do for him? What are some things I need to be mindful of?

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the increase in urination is because of the medication. Killian will have to be taken out more then usual and to get him thru the night you can put a wee wee pad under him or a diaper so his bedding and the area around him does not get soaked.

also talk to your vet as to what to expect and what to look for. I am sorry you and Killian are going thru this. It is never easy, but take hints from Killian. If he is having a good day then so should you. Spoil him, be with him, and take alot of pictures of the good times you two are sharing.

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Josh, I'm sorry Killian has developed this. I've been dealing with a heart murmur for about a year now. Barker the Elder also has spondylosis (I think that's what it's called) and arthritis here and there so she's quite gimpy. I've been giving her Vetmedin which works for her. She's just slowed down. With her spine, she developed bowel incontinence. I think it is sometimes painful for her to stand to evacuate her bowels but anyway, that is one consequence we're dealing with. Maybe not related to heart issues, but maybe.
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thanks for the nice words. My girlfriend read this and said it made me sound really insensitive about the situation but then I told her I took a xanax about 20 minutes before I wrote it so she understands.

Honestly this is breaking my heart. I wrote another post in the "parting ways" section.

Yeah its really rough, I mean he's still very playful. I took him for a walk on the beach today and he did the same things as usual, running out into the waves etc. I guess I should just enjoy the time we have together right now.
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I am so sorry for what you are going trhough with Killian. I have lost a dog (suddenly) to congestive heart failure and it is a difficult disease.

As he gets more comfortable with the fluids drained, he may seem more himself. Have fun with him!

I am so glad you have some time with your dog to come to terms with this. As others have said, spoil him and enjoy each day.


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I just posted some pictures of him that I took today on here....

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...e=1#Post771694

Thank you all for your encouragement.
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I didn't find your post insensitive at all. You asked for what you wanted to know. Nothing wrong with that. People handle bad news differently and share it differently - that doesn't make them insensitive - a bit reserved maybe in some areas but not insensitive.
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Re: Heart Disease, help please

Here's some info about heart disease and some supplements

http://www.dogaware.com/specific.html#heart

My silky terrier was dx with CHF but ended up passing from something else.

My thoughts are with you. Glad to hear Killian is not slowing down and is enjoying life. Prayers you have quite a bit of quality time with him.

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What a handsome dog!

I am very sorry that he has developed heart disease and have never had a dog with it but have a dog who sees a cardiologist periodically and they are SO incredible in giving a dog quality of life, and sometimes even a little extra quantity too. I just sit in the waiting room and eavesdrop (sorry) as they help dog after dog and their owners deal with so many different issues. If you have a chance to take him, the information that they can give you might be worth it.

http://www.acvim.org/Specialist/Search.aspx you can search your area for a cardiologist there.

Take care. Keep us posted.





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