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    Back home but they are keeping Daisy there to check her blood pressure, and echocardiogram and an electrocardiogram and with no need for sedtion
    but to shave her chest a bit to enable items to be stuck on, and I go back and collect her at 4.00 pm .

    Mr Swifts initial diagnosis is a Grade 2 murmur and it is MVD ,so we wait till 4 pm for details.


    What a blxxxxx week but Luke.s just back from school and he's happy enough with his A's and B's in his exams so these results
    give him what he needs to progress onto his A Levels in Maths,Eng Lang,History and Geography with his aim in life so far of
    career teaching History.


    PS What a lovely man Mr Swift is ,very impressed.
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    Glad things are going ok for Luke and he got the grades he needs.

    Yes Mr Swift is a very nice man. I meet him once when he checked Ebony at a Cavaliers Club day.

    Fingers crossed for you. Looks like we are both waiting.
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    Hi Sabby

    What time are you going back for Harley .
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    Sorry to hear this Brian - I think Daisy is 5 now, and 50% of Cavaliers will have a murmur at that age. Don't forget though that the grade of murmur is not hte most significant issue - symptoms are far more important - such as panting, reluctance to exercise, coughing accumulation of fluid.

    This the best explanation I've seen of how the canine heart works
    http://www.heartydog.co.uk/healthy/en/index.shtml

    [the diagram is small but if you press the CTRL and plus keys together on the keyboard, that enlarges it - CTRL and minus to reduce again] - it will help you to understand when you go back for the results.


    You are doing the right thing seeing a cardiologist - and you have probably the best man in the UK there in Simon Swift!! He can take baseline measruements today so will have those for the future to compare for changes.

    Yes a murmur may be more apparent when a dog is stressed and sometimes if they are ill - it "disappears" again when they recover, but actually there are still issues there, it's just that a murmur is not apparent.

    Cardiologists can hear murmurs at least 6 months before a vet would recognise it - due to their experience and training.

    Things you can give Daisy in these situations is Vitamin E and Co-Enzye Q10 which are both naturaal blood thinners available at any health shop or chemist.
    Mine go on to Vit E 200iu daily from the age of 5 - there are no studies proving its efficiacy but it is believed to help the circulation. It has to be natural source Vit E though - NOT the ones you can buy in the supermarket. There is no point in giving Co-Enzyme Q10 for the heart until there is muscle involvement ie the heart is enlarged, however it is believed to help with dental healthy and reducing bacteria which *may* also affect the heart - this is sometimes disputed.

    The MOST important thing you can do is reduce Daisy's weight - bred standard weights don't really mean anything, she needs to be the right weight for her.

    This is from Laura Lang [Roycroft Cavaliers] website:

    Due to MVD, being overweight is nearly a death sentence for a Cavalier. I guarantee you the best way to prolong your Cavalier's life is to keep its weight to a MINIMUM! Not overweight even a little bit. THIN! If your Cavalier is even a little bit overweight, it will hasten the onset of MVD and death. Do not allow this to happen.

    Strong words but the message is SO important.

    Do read through this page in particular
    http://www.roycroftinformationcenter...ing%20new.html
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    Tks Nicki ,as I wrote yesterday at the vets on Monday she weighed in at 8.15 k ut I want her at max 7.25 then a review.I hardly feed her she has been having 18 gramme only of raw rabbit meat n fat with veg and fruit twice daily ,shes looks at her dish then at me "Is THAT it " I can hear.From what I know there are no smptoms yet such as you say panting ,reluctance to walk/run or coughing but I get his full repost at 4 .She was very relaxed with him and enjoying the attention and even on her back so he could rub her tummy and then went off and sat between his legs while we were talking .She is already on VIT e together with Omega3 (600 mg EPA/DHA ) and a 50mg softgel of Ubiquinol.

    Tks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicki View Post
    This is from Laura Lang [Roycroft Cavaliers] website:

    Due to MVD, being overweight is nearly a death sentence for a Cavalier. I guarantee you the best way to prolong your Cavalier's life is to keep its weight to a MINIMUM! Not overweight even a little bit. THIN! If your Cavalier is even a little bit overweight, it will hasten the onset of MVD and death. Do not allow this to happen.

    Strong words but the message is SO important.

    Do read through this page in particular
    http://www.roycroftinformationcenter...ing%20new.html
    Very good words of advice, if not just for MVD but for overall health.
    Anne Proud mother of Elton 5 and Angel Ella

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    Default You now are putting action plan in place...

    And you already have started on the diet. I am having to cut back food for Gracie as her inactivity after surgery has had more impact on her metabolizing food than expected. So she is now giving me that look... "is that ALL?? REALLY???"

    Gracie is doing so well after surgery so far. It is amazing. She has bounced back so much in the past few days. I hope this gives you some hope. I can just see in her eyes how much BETTER she feels.

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    Hi Annie


    I asked Simon what Daisy's weight was on their scales and he said 8.00 Kilo ,then I asked his comments about her was she over weight,
    he looked her over from top to bottom from above and fom the side and said "she looks Ideal " though I still want her down a bit maybe
    7.25 to 7.50 .We have a conundrum over medication he commented that she needs no medication but he is not happy she is on frusimide
    as that stimulates certain hormones to over produce some items which may affect the heart so he is considering if he should prescribe an
    Ace Inhibitor to counter act the frusimide but he doesnt know if that is the right thing to do .So he is going to approach many other cardiologists
    both in the UK and the US to ask them and then arrive at a majority decision and then tell me which way we will go .Sounds good to me.He wants
    her on a low sodium diet so is happy with my raw list I showed and wants Omega 3 supplementaion with a minimal level of 420 epa and 280 dha.
    dMy Puritans Pride Omega 3 I give has a level of 600 epa and 600 dha so we should be ok there .Poss chg in 3-4 years but they vary so much and
    to see me in 12 months .Lovely man ,great respect from me and the report is slightly better than I expected .

    I will contact Dasiys breeder but only when I have all the reports which I will send copies of ,I do not know if her breeder scans if not I will suggest
    she does all politely of course.I am greatly relieved now that Daisy "is overweight hints" have been quashed and I can confim Jackie Thompsons little girl Lily is not over weight either and nor are pops or rosie and neither am I or Dawn or Luke .the end .If anybody would like a copy of her cardiologist report pls ask /pm.
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    Barney is on Frusimide and as it's long term he is now on Fortekor to counteract the effect on his heart... I also have him on a strict diet...Recent studies show that dogs at the lighter end of normal live long in general...

    I am currently filling out a tally chart for behaviours noted for him as I feel his symptoms are more apparent now (SM and he also has CM)My vet has asked me to do this. I am not keen to pump him full of drugs but I do believe in the philosophy of having an animal happy and comfortable today is good...They don't seem to give a fig about tomorrow...

    I am hoping his SM won't progress too much :/ I am luck as at nine his murmour is a grade one and has been at that for ages...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Hi Annie


    I asked Simon what Daisy's weight was on their scales and he said 8.00 Kilo ,then I asked his comments about her was she over weight,
    he looked her over from top to bottom from above and fom the side and said "she looks Ideal " though I still want her down a bit maybe
    7.25 to 7.50 .We have a conundrum over medication he commented that she needs no medication but he is not happy she is on frusimide
    as that stimulates certain hormones to over produce some items which may affect the heart so he is considering if he should prescribe an
    Ace Inhibitor to counter act the frusimide but he doesnt know if that is the right thing to do .So he is going to approach many other cardiologists
    both in the UK and the US to ask them and then arrive at a majority decision and then tell me which way we will go .Sounds good to me.He wants
    her on a low sodium diet so is happy with my raw list I showed and wants Omega 3 supplementaion with a minimal level of 420 epa and 280 dha.
    dMy Puritans Pride Omega 3 I give has a level of 600 epa and 600 dha so we should be ok there .Poss chg in 3-4 years but they vary so much and
    to see me in 12 months .Lovely man ,great respect from me and the report is slightly better than I expected .

    I will contact Dasiys breeder but only when I have all the reports which I will send copies of ,I do not know if her breeder scans if not I will suggest
    she does all politely of course.I am greatly relieved now that Daisy "is overweight hints" have been quashed and I can confim Jackie Thompsons little girl Lily is not over weight either and nor are pops or rosie and neither am I or Dawn or Luke .the end .If anybody would like a copy of her cardiologist report pls ask /pm.
    Brian,

    I can't do math but I was not saying daisy is overweight! Ella was morbidly overweight but I think it is hard to say a certain weight without looking at the cavalier. Elton is not quite 11 lb which is under standard but according to vet and others he is ideal to his structure. Put it this way, ella was 2X the size of elton.

    You went the best cardiologist and I'm interested in what he said about the medication and heart increase.

    Overall, how are you hanging in? Poor you and dangerous daisy.. you are lucky to have such great people close by and daisy is lucky to have you!

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    Anne Proud mother of Elton 5 and Angel Ella

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