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    Default Peaches - MVD

    Some of you are aware that we have had a few concerns with Peaches.

    She doesn't want to go for a walk {but she does go through phases of
    this} and has coughed quite a few times. She also appears "foamy"
    around the nose area and mouth, and is generally just not quite
    right - although she still runs in the garden, and leaps onto the
    furniture!

    I took her back to the vets yesterday to get them to check her heart
    again. Last time, in April, she was "worse than a 2" meaning she had
    deteriorated since her op for luxating patella in March. MVD is graded 0 - 6, 6 being the most severe. {I was hoping to take her to a cardiologist in September, when we stay with my sister, as there is one about 10 minutes from her at Brentwood. The nearest to here is over 200 miles away... }

    My usual vets were both unavailable, so I saw a locum. He was very
    good, but extremely concerned, says that her heart is not good, and
    wanted her in on Monday for an ECG, prior to starting medication. He
    mentioned both diuretics and heart supporting drugs {vasodilators}.
    The ECG will be transmitted to a cardiologist for review and recommendations.

    Also she is due back in Sept for a 6 month check following her knee
    op, and to see if the other knee should be done too. I guess they
    will not want to operate now - too risky.

    Peaches' sire and grandsire both died at 9 from MVD, they both
    developed murmurs late but deteriorated fast. Peaches' Mum has a
    clear heart at 10, and her Granny has a Grade 1 still unchanged for
    some years at 13! I guess it's come from the male line, and my
    understanding is that MVD usually affects the boys worse than the
    girls.

    I will post as soon as I have any news on Monday - I have to leave
    her at the vets for the day
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    Nicki, I'm sending best wishes for your Peaches. Even though MVD is very scarey, there are meds out there that can ensure a quality life for quite some time. I had a Cavalier who lived for 13+ years, and he had a Grade 6 murmur for many of those years. The vet had him on the right combination of meds for his condition, and I just let the Artful Dodger live life at his own pace.

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    So so sorry to hear of these concerns for Peaches, Nicki. I hope you are able to get her comfortable on meds and that this helps give her many more years. I have some good info on MVD from someone very experienced with it; she said I could put this together for the FAQs so I will do that as a priority as I think you'd find it very helpful.
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    Nicki - Sorry to hear Peaches isn't doing so well. Hoping for the best and sending warm wishes.

    Bonnie - always encouraging to hear something like this!

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    sending big hugs to you both

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    Thanks everyone - Bonnie, it was really encouraging to read about the Artful Dodger, sounds like he lived up to his name

    Karlin, that would be fantastic, I've been doing some research but the more I know, the better I can cope with this. Don't want to pressurise you though, as I know you're off to the States again very soon.

    Peaches sends you all kisses and says thank you for thinking of her.
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    So sorry to hear the news about Peaches. I will be sending positive energy your way that your vet can get Peaches' meds worked out so that she will do fine. Modern medicine is pretty amazing and stories like Bonnie's Artful Dodger make us all hopeful since heart problems are something that many of us will have to face with our dogs. Best wishes to you and Peaches that the docs can get her on a healing track.
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    Thinking of you both. How old is Peaches? She's such a beautiful baby girl, bless her. My friend used to have a black and tan called Bobby. He had such a bad murmur from the age of 10mths that the vets and specialists she saw all said he wouldn't reach two. Little Bobby amazed them all and lived to 12! He led a very charmed life and was (as he should have been) completely pampered. Might give you a bit of hope

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    Wishes for a news that medicine will help Peaches to grow old and gray with you. It is so hard when you know they have something that will not go away or heal in time. I am struggling with seeing symptoms of EFS in my young 6 month old and so glad I neutered her sire and her dam will be spayed along with her the end of this week. I look at her and feel her life here will be short so it is best to enjoy each day. We are certainly blessed with a breed that has its share of problems and even with that I do not think I would want another breed in its place. Good thoughts out to you and Peaches.
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    Thank you everyone - your thoughts and wishes are really appreciated, it helps us to know that you are thinking of us and sending positive thoughts - I know how effective they are. It also means we are not dealing with this alone.

    It's very helpful to hear others' stories - Little Bobby was amazing, they are incredible how they can confound the vets sometimes, just with a strong will to live.

    Donna, Peaches is only 6 1/2 - she will be 7 in November. Sadly two years ago we lost our beautiful Blenheim, Fillilpa, at the age of 5 1/2 with sudden heart failure - she hadn't been ill at all, just left us very suddenly. Of course this is playing on our minds now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary
    We are certainly blessed with a breed that has its share of problems and even with that I do not think I would want another breed in its place.
    Mary, you are so right. Despite all the problems, we just couldn't be without a Cavalier, they are SO special.

    I'm sorry about your baby with EFS - I hope she will settle down with treatment. You are very responsible in having her and her parents neutered, so that this is not passed on.



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