3rd December 2013, 06:51 PM
In memory: Lucy
Cavalier SM Infosite:www.smcavaliers.com
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3rd December 2013, 09:53 PM
appreciate all your comments. keeping my fingers crossed he remains well and off meds
Originally Posted by Karlin
4th December 2013, 12:15 PM
I would echo what others have said - MVD drugs are given to deal with symptoms, so that the dog is kept as comfortable as possible, and to support the heart. No symptoms - no drugs are necessary. Symptoms don't usually appear until the heart reaches a Grade 4-5, congestive heart failure usually appears at around Grade 6. So your Cavalier is a long way off that and may never reach it. It's not a matter of, as your vet said, just keeping him going for a couple of years; your dog may have many years of more or less healthy, symptom-free life ahead of him, as my Oliver is still going strong after 6 years with a murmur and still only a grade 3 at 12 years old. I'm afraid it's all a bit of a lottery - some Cavaliers live for a long time with a mild murmur, others deteriorate quickly; I hope your boy is one of the former.
Kate, Oliver and Aled
5th December 2013, 09:38 PM
I like you comment!
Originally Posted by Kate H
I sometimes wish I had never have listened to his heart! he is my best friend