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    Hi Joyce,
    Sorry to read that you are having a bad day, I've just started down the road of heart meds for Trapper and while he is in much better shape than he was a couple of weeks ago, I'm beginning to understand how difficult this can be
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    Hello Joyce

    We are all here supporting you and Sydney ,all our thoughts to you two.

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    I've just started down the road of heart meds for Trapper and while he is in much better shape than he was a couple of weeks ago, I'm beginning to understand how difficult this can be
    Thanks Shirley...Sorry about Trapper. All the meds DO help. For me, the difficulty comes when I realize that is all the pills do, help. There is no cure and I know the symptoms, at some point, are going to get worse.


    We are all here supporting you and Sydney ,all our thoughts to you two.
    Brian, this is why I come to this forum. Thanks.
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    Just remember you are doing the best you possibly can for him to keep him comfortable. It sounds like you have a good cardiologist overseeing his treatment. I know its really difficult to think about it but try and remember that Sydney lives in the moment, he doesn't know why you are feeling sad.
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    Oh Joyce, I'm another one going through something very similar with my Victoria at the moment, and finding it even harder as it's coming so soon after losing my precious Megan too. She's on a similar mix of pills as Sydney, and I must say that I think the Spironolactone has been particularly helpful in cheering her up a bit. The trouble is that all these medications work well for a while and then, as the heart fails more and more, they just stop having such a good effect.

    I've had several Cavaliers with heart failure in the past and they've all had problems with fluid in their lungs, but Victoria is the first to have such a swollen belly. I even got my vet to run blood tests and do an ultrasound scan in case there was something we were missing, but he thought all along that it was "just" her heart failure and, of course, he was right.

    Nicki has made a suggestion about an older diuretic which she found helped reduce the belly fluid in the past and we are going to try it for the next few days, so I'll let you know how we get on.

    Like you, I know that we are just "buying time", and it's so very painful to contemplate the inevitable, especially when they are pottering about and not seemingly in any great distress. It's especially hard for you as Sydney is your first dog and, marvellous as this Forum is for advice and support, it can be quite confusing if you've nothing to compare it with.

    I think you must trust the vets you know, follow their advice, and just let Sydney tell you when he can't cope any more. Because he will, you know - all my previous doggies have taught me that, when their time comes, they somehow manage to let you know, even though you can't possibly imagine it now.

    Meanwhile, let's all hold each other in our hearts, all around the world xx
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    Sandra and AnnMarie, you've both made me cry, but these are good tears knowing you care. Sydney's cardiologist is very through. I know we are doing everything we can for him and that the main thing is that he is still happy. He is such a sweetheart and lets the doctors poke and prod him without complaint. I come to here to learn from everyone here that has had experience with all these issues and to learn how best to help Sydney, BUT I also come here because I know the support I receive here isn't just words, but very sincere.

    AnnMarie, I'm sorry that you too are going through the same thing with Victoria. I will keep you both in my thoughts and pray the the medication continues to help her.
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    I have written my post about 4 times now and each time I have deleted it. I wanted to share my experience with you as someone who just lost her dog(a peke) who had the heart issues. I wanted to go into detail but I don't think this forum needs that. I have shed tears just remembering back 2 months ago. But I will only write this, you are not alone. This forum is a great support system for those with health issues, I wish I knew of a forum to go to when I needed it the most. Wagtails is right, your CAV will tell you when its time. I needed him to tell me and I asked him to tell me. He finally showed me in no uncertain terms that it was time. Trust in your vet they will be there for you every step of the way.
    I just want to give you a hug
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    P.s. sorry if this does not make sense. Trying to think while crying. sorry

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    Becky, hug received and thanks, I needed that. Sorry for the loss of your peke. I appreciate your sharing what is still a such an emotional event for you. I sitting here crying as I write this, but Sydney is watching me and wagging his tail so for right now everything is OK.
    Joyce - Proudly owned & loved by

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    Quote Originally Posted by goda View Post
    What is the purpose of the viagara?
    Viagra (a/k/a sildenifil) is prescribed to lower pulmonary hypertension by some cardiologists for dogs with congestive heart failure, often in combination with pimobendan.
    Rod Russell

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    I don't have any good medical advice, but I just wanted to send you a big hug from Brooklyn and I. You must be going through a roller coaster of emotions right now, so let me know if there is anything I can do to help. We are thinking of you and Sydney!!

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