Hello, I haven't been around for quite a while but a friend suggested i come on to discuss my immediate problem...
As you know Max has being confronted with varied problems in his short life, he is now nearly 3, he was not at teh vets from last July till February, its the longest he has gone without medication, and was doing really well.
however he developed this cough so i brought him down when i was bringing Cloe for her Knee operation [her knee was slipping out of its joint and she was crying when it did so had to be secured, she is still recovering and has yet to get teh stitches out, Monday i think]
anyway... the vet went to pull Max and noticed his pulse was not quite right, so he listened and was concerned, he then did a heart trace but there was no paper do he could just get a record and as you probably know a Cav's heart should beat between 120 and 130 beats per minute, my Max was beating at just 49, which dropped yesterday to 45, Syd [my Vet] sent him to a cardiac specialist for teh heart trace and xray, and he spoke to us after showing us the results, it was obvious this was serious, and i was to ring Syd this morning to discuss the measurements.
Max has heart failure, and he is esentially drowning as the heart cannot beat quick enough to clear his lungs of the fluid, i was told this is NOT the heart desiese cav's suffer from but rather possibly addissions desiese, which i am going to research now. he said his hear is firing but not correctly and he needs a pace maker, which is an operation he has never done. so i do not know if he is suggesting he will do it or Max will be sent to the specialist to do it... but they said he could be given medication to speed up his hear, but the specialist is quite negative on these atually having any possitive affect.
He has the runs, is coughing really badly cant seem to breadth, and is very listless...
my heart is breaking as what do i do... can any one please help me... oh the heart is also enlarged and we do not know if he is in pain... i asked the vet what he woudl do and he siad he really didnt know. Max has suffered so much already....
is it time to call it, to give up? or do we put him through this very dangerous operation adn see what happens??
any advise or thoughts anything... please