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Charlotte
21st April 2010, 10:13 AM
We took Charlie to the vets again the other day, you might remember i posted a thread about him keep coughing ect, well we took him back again on Monday 19th because he was still coughing and the vet said he wants to do a chest x-ray to see if its anything to do with the lungs/heart. He also took some blood and said that the protein level was low. So we have to go back there on this Friday coming up (Friday 23rd) and there gonna put him out and do a chest x-ray. The only thing is we have to get there by 8:00am and it takes an hour to go get there so we're gonna have to get up about 6:00am and leave at 7:00am, because the vets is about an hour from us. When we get there we have to drop him off then go home then pick him back up again then go home, so its gonna be quite a hectic day, and it dosnt help that the times are gonna be in the rush hour, early morning and then probably evening time. I just hope we find out whats wrong with him.

Also this morning (Wednesday 21st) he was sick. :(

Brian M
21st April 2010, 10:26 AM
Hello Charlotte

I do wish I lived near I would certainly collect you two and take there and back again ,pls try not to worry I am sure it will all turn out not as bad as you fear ,so chin up and give Charlie another hug .

Best Wishes

bri:-)

Charlotte
21st April 2010, 10:48 AM
Thanks Brian,
im not too worried, but out of the whole 7 years of having Charlie since he was a puppy the only time we ever left him at a vets on his own was when we had him 'done', even though he's not gonna be there that long on his own im gonna miss him :(
I'll let you know what happens on Friday/Saturday

Tania
21st April 2010, 11:38 AM
Hi Charlotte,

I don't live a million miles away from you. Do you want me to help, I will gladly
take you and bring you/him home. Where do you have to go?

Charlotte
21st April 2010, 12:00 PM
Hi Charlotte,

I don't live a million miles away from you. Do you want me to help, I will gladly
take you and bring you/him home. Where do you have to go?

Thanks for offering but its ok you dont have to :-) :l*v:

Nicki
21st April 2010, 12:42 PM
Tania that was so kind of you to offer


Charlotte I'm sorry poor Charlie is going through this, but hopefully you will find out what's wrong and the vets will be able to help him.

Daisy's Mom
21st April 2010, 03:07 PM
Why are they putting him out to do a chest x-ray? I had an 8 year old foster dog who suddenly quit eating and was breathing really fast. I brought her in to the vet and they did an x-ray right then and found out that she had an enlarged heart and congestive heart failure. Her 2 follow up x-rays in the next few weeks also were done without sedation of any kind. BTW, on medication (Lasik), she was fine and made a very quick turnaround. Her heart was no longer enlarged on subsequent x-rays. It amazed me that the heart would go back to normal size so quickly.

Do they think he isn't going to cooperate with holding still?

Charlotte
21st April 2010, 03:47 PM
Why are they putting him out to do a chest x-ray? I had an 8 year old foster dog who suddenly quit eating and was breathing really fast. I brought her in to the vet and they did an x-ray right then and found out that she had an enlarged heart and congestive heart failure. Her 2 follow up x-rays in the next few weeks also were done without sedation of any kind. BTW, on medication (Lasik), she was fine and made a very quick turnaround. Her heart was no longer enlarged on subsequent x-rays. It amazed me that the heart would go back to normal size so quickly.

Do they think he isn't going to cooperate with holding still?

I dont know, i think there only gonna put him out slightly not full on out of it, they might do it with putting him out :confused:

jasperpaw
21st April 2010, 04:28 PM
Do hope they find out soon why Charlie is coughing. sorry to hear he was also sick today, Jasper had to have xray, ECG and heart scan last year and they told us he may have to be sedated, but he co-operated fully so he did`nt need one, which was good, keep us informed how it all goes, such a shame you have to travel so far, good luck for Friday.:xfngr:

Charlotte
21st April 2010, 04:38 PM
Do hope they find out soon why Charlie is coughing. sorry to hear he was also sick today, Jasper had to have xray, ECG and heart scan last year and they told us he may have to be sedated, but he co-operated fully so he did`nt need one, which was good, keep us informed how it all goes, such a shame you have to travel so far, good luck for Friday.:xfngr:

Thanks, :smile: :l*v:

Charlotte
23rd April 2010, 10:15 AM
Just got back from dropping him off at the vets, she gave him an injection to calm him down, i didnt wanna leave him :( His little face as we left the room. We have to ring them up at 1:30pm this afternoon and she's gonna let us know how everything went and stuff, hope he's ok :l*v:

The Rouge Princess
23rd April 2010, 01:55 PM
Charlotte, just got updated with Charlie.Keeping my fingers crossed something is sorted soon.Keep us posted.Hugs for you and Charlie :hug:

Charlifarley
23rd April 2010, 02:01 PM
Hi Hope all goes well today :thmbsup:

ElshaUKAU
23rd April 2010, 02:02 PM
Hoping everything is ok....{hugs}

Daisy's Mom
23rd April 2010, 02:50 PM
Waiting to hear good news about Charlie... Good luck!

Charlotte
23rd April 2010, 06:51 PM
Thanks everyone, its not exactley good news though, the vets done the chest xray and they said that his heart is enlarged :( so now he has to be put on medication, we're going back to the vets in 2 weeks to see how he is doing. Vet said not to take him on walks till the cough has gone and till we go back to the vets for check up, he's been put on steroids which she said may make him put on weight and he may get thirsty a lot more and wee a lot more... :(
He has to take 2 tablets a day. :(
Its quite a lot to take in and im still getting over the shock of it, i really didnt think it was gonna be an enlarged heart, i thought it was gonna be his lungs or something like that.
Also i just want to say thank you to everyone who was so nice to me and offering to take me to the vets :l*v:

At the moment he's asleep downstairs he's still a bit woosy from the injection

jasperpaw
23rd April 2010, 07:54 PM
So sorry to read about Charlie Charlotte, at least you know what his problem is now and with medication his cough will improve. My Jasper has the same problem, he has been on medication since January 2009 and this has greatly reduced his cough and with regular check ups, we went quite a lot initially because they had to adjust the Frusimide tablet to remove the fluid from around his heart and this tablet was decreased in amount. We go about once in 3 months for checks and more medication, last time this week. I know it is a shock at first as I felt but with regular check ups I am sure Charlie will be fine, sending you hugs.:hug:

Tania
23rd April 2010, 08:06 PM
Hi Charlotte, I am so sorry to hear your news, I am sure you will get plenty of good advice from people here. If you get stuck for transport my offer still stands, I don't live that far from you. Sending you and Charlie hugs :hug:

*Pauline*
23rd April 2010, 08:26 PM
Hi Charlotte. I'm sorry I have only just seen this thread. Poor little fella and it must be a shock for you :hug: You've done your best and he should be feeling a lot better once the pills start working.

Charlotte
23rd April 2010, 09:04 PM
Thank-you, you've all really helped me get through this, the coughing started a few months ago i just wish we had gone to the vets earlier about it. I know i cant blame myself but i still kind of do, you've all been a great support :l*v: :smile:

Nicki
23rd April 2010, 09:32 PM
So sorry to hear this Charlotte - at least he is on the correct treatment now. He will feel much better once the new meds kick in.

It takes a while to get the correct dosage, so that is while you will be going for more frequent visits for a bit, and they need to monitor how he is doing.



Take care - at least they can help him and hopefully he will feel much better. The meds for MVD are very good.

Charlotte
23rd April 2010, 09:34 PM
Thanks, as you said the vet said we will need to take him back frequently till we get the right dosage, i dont mind keep going there as long as he feels better :l*v:

diddy
23rd April 2010, 09:39 PM
Hope you are feeling a little calmer this evening.:hug:Im sure things will improve for you both once his medication takes effect.

Charlotte
23rd April 2010, 09:41 PM
I hope so and thank-you :l*v:

Charlotte
24th April 2010, 09:27 AM
My mum told me that Charlie had wee'd in his bed last night, im not sure why it might of been because he was still a little drowsy and tired to get up, we're gonna have to wash his under carriage today because its a little smelly

Daisy's Mom
24th April 2010, 04:45 PM
I'm sorry to hear that it is his heart. As I posted earlier in the thread, the foster dog I had who had similar symptoms and had an enlarged heart on x-ray did great on the meds. She's still going strong in her forever home and she perked right up almost immediately after starting the medicine. Her heart was no longer enlarged after the 2 week follow up x-ray. So take heart and remember that he is lucky to have you as an owner because you are doing the right things for him.

The vet told me that she would drink a lot and go pee a lot, but I really didn't see too much of that, and she never had an accident in the house on the meds, so I'm sure Charlie will get all that worked out if you put him out regularly. He's probably surprised himself at how badly he needed to go pee in the middle of hte night and didn't have a chance to tell you.

Good luck with him. I'll be thinking about you both!

Charlotte
24th April 2010, 04:49 PM
Me and my mum came home earlier from going out and he had pee'd a little on the carpet but it wasnt much, it might of been because my dad accidently closed the back door so Charlie couldnt get out into the garden.
Thanks for making me feel more optomistic :l*v:

jasperpaw
24th April 2010, 05:59 PM
When Jasper was put on Frusemide Tablets (water tablets) he only has one dose a day, I give them first thing in the morning and then by the time he has his morning walk they have had time to work and we don`t seem to have had any accidents. Maybe the accident in the night was because he had`nt got over his sedative that day and was feeling a bit drowsy still.

The Rouge Princess
24th April 2010, 06:14 PM
Hope you and Charlie are both doing ok today.From my understanding and like Nikki said, the meds given for Cavaliers are very good.Hugs to you both

Charlotte
24th April 2010, 07:02 PM
Thanks :l*v:
Pam: Charlie is also on them, but the vet said not to take him on walks yet because of his cough, so we're just gonna have to make sure he dosnt have any accidents and let him out in the garden frequently