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PostHeaderIcon Congestive Heart Failure With My 3 Dogs

 Congestive Heart Failure With My 3 Dogs

My 3 Pomeranians Megan, Bria & Precious #2

So if you have been to my blog before you probably found it from my previous post about congestive heart failure in dogs.
It’s my story of my Pomeranian Precious and her last few years with CHF. If you’ve had a dog with CHF you can surely relate. Precious lost her battle with congestive heart failure 4 years ago and for the past two years I’ve been coping with my other Pomeranian Bria with congestive heart failure and collapsing trachea.
She had a few issues with uncontrolled coughing but she was doing so good on all her meds, Vetmedin,Enapril,Lasix, Torbutrol and Hydrocodone for coughing.
I thought she would live much longer than she did. I guess it just hit her all at once which I am thankful that it wasn’t as hard for her as it was for my Precious.
She just started panting so hard and wouldn’t stop coughing. I had to put her down 2 weeks ago just 2 weeks to Christmas. She is now my 2nd Pomeranian to die from CHF.

After my Precious died I rescued a Pomeranian who looked just like her. The rescue organization said she was found wandering around. Somebody obviously dropped her off.
They most likely tried to breed her a few years and when she was 6 years old they decided she was no more use to them. So sad, but lucky for me it was like I still had my Precious.
Since she was a stray she didn’t have a name so I had to name her Precious also. That fact has created a situation where if I’m talking about my first Precious I always have to say Precious #1 which drives my kids crazy asking why can’t she have her own name. But it made loosing Precious #1 a little easier for me.

I mention her now only because she too now has congestive heart failure and collapsing trachea. She is much like Precious #1 having to visit the vet so often I started calling her my lemon. My vet laughs knowing I say it with love.
She is retaining fluid in her lungs and in her stomach so she has been prescribed another diuretic along with lasix. She drinks and pees all the time but what can you do.
There have been times when her tongue was all blue from not getting enough oxygen throughout her body and the vet had to give her oxygen. I’ve been told she will most likely live another month or so which is crazy because I just had to put down Bria 2 weeks ago.
I’ve been told there’s just nothing more they can do. She is only 10 years old. I can’t help but think my Bria needs her there with her because they were great buddies in the past years always sharing their cooling pad and cleaning each other’s eyes.
I am grateful for our short time together and I’m sure I would do it all over again even knowing she was going to be my little lemon.
Hope to hear from any of you going through the same things I thinking talking about it always helps. Blessings to all of you and your loving pets.

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PostHeaderIcon When you think it’s over for your pet and it’s not |Coughing at its worst.

If you’ve read my other posts you know my dog Precious died of congestive heart failure. Now just two years later my Pomeranian Bria has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and collapsing trachea. I believe she has been doing fine with her meds for congestive heart failure and barely had any issues with her collapsing trachea at all. That was until last week.

She started coughing a lot. Day one I took her to the vet, not her regular one naturally it was the weekend and she suggested I do blood work and ex-rays. I just recently had this done so I thought what was the point I already know what she has and I was told her time is limited. So after reviewing her meds they suggested I increase her Lasix to twice a day. I should have figured that out by myself.

Since that didn’t help day two I took her back to my regular vet. He gave her a shot of predisone and felt that this would do the job.  It really had no effect on her constant coughing.

Day 3 I couldn’t stop crying I was convinced it was time to put her down. Thankfully he said he wasn’t ready to give up on her yet. This time he sent me home with Predisone pills. He also wrote me another prescription for hydrocodone which always worked before.

That night was the absolute worse night. She coughed for 45 minutes straight and would fall asleep for about an hour and start coughing again. Even though he checked her temperature originally and ruled out any infection I couldn’t stop wondering if she possibly had some bronchial infection.

I couldn’t sleep that night so I started researching online. There should be something that can help her. I think vets usually get great results by using the same products it’s hard to think out of the box.

When I returned for the fourth day he suggested another X-ray which I agreed to this time. Maybe there was something new we could discover.  After that was no use I asked him about the drug tor Trobutrol. This is a serious drug but I read it worked for other dogs collapsing trachea coughing. After consulting his book on drugs he gave her an injection. In no time she was relaxed and stopped coughing. But in case it was an infection like kennel cough I convinced my Vet to give her antibiotics also.

He asked me if I could give injections. I gave insulin before to dogs I had pet sit for so I thought I’d give it a try. What choice did I have? He said it came in pills but he would have to order them and it would be a couple of days.

I was going to be giving a shot twice a day. If you’ve ever given injections you know your suppose to pinch the skin up into a tent and give it there avoiding your fingers. She just happens to be a little overweight so that tent wasn’t very big. I was a nervous wreck but I managed. I did eventually get the pills and give her which is much easier.

I’ve been able to reduce her pills to just one every 24 or 36 hours depending how she does. The moral of my story do your own research they don’t always have all of the answers.

It’s been months since she had this episode of coughing now with a complete recovery. I ask myself all the time what if I hadn’t suggested that drug Torbutrol would I have put her down to save her the misery of what she was going through. A scary thought but I guess we must always look for answers ourselves when nothing else is working.

 

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