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My dog who is 12 has been in congestive heart failure for a couple years. He is on vetmedin, lasix, and enalapril. He was going okay until about a month ago. I took him to the emergency vet because he was having difficulty breathing and was lethargic. He had a large buildup of fluid in his lungs. Since then, he has been doing okay but has had chronic diarrhea, has been up and down with eating, urinates often, but he is still alert and seems happy. I took him to the vet this week and a blood test revealed his kidney levels were through the roof. The vet referred him to a cardiologist and lowered his dosage of lasix. We will recheck kidney levels in a couple weeks.

He was up all last night with runny stools and as of now will not eat, which makes it difficult for giving him his medication. I am getting a pill popper today.

I'm trying to be logical with all this, but he is my absolute best friend. I love him so much. I'm not sure what to do. How long do I prolong this? Does he have a quality of life? How will I know when it's time? I'm a teacher and am going back to school next week. My nephew will be checking on him but I'm worried. I'm not ready to let him go, especially if there is more I can do. But to what expense?

Anyone have experience with this? Any thoughts? Thank you.
 

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I'm sorry you're going through this. It's very difficult when our dogs get old and ill.

First, I think you need to have a long, honest conversation with your vet about what your dog's future looks like. Is he going to continue to decline, or will adjusting his medication buy him more quality time with you? Is that time going to include being able to do things he loves, or will he be unwilling to eat and not feeling very well? Those are things your vet can help you answer.
 

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My dog who is 12 has been in congestive heart failure for a couple years. He is on vetmedin, lasix, and enalapril. He was going okay until about a month ago. I took him to the emergency vet because he was having difficulty breathing and was lethargic. He had a large buildup of fluid in his lungs. Since then, he has been doing okay but has had chronic diarrhea, has been up and down with eating, urinates often, but he is still alert and seems happy. I took him to the vet this week and a blood test revealed his kidney levels were through the roof. The vet referred him to a cardiologist and lowered his dosage of lasix. We will recheck kidney levels in a couple weeks.

He was up all last night with runny stools and as of now will not eat, which makes it difficult for giving him his medication. I am getting a pill popper today.

I'm trying to be logical with all this, but he is my absolute best friend. I love him so much. I'm not sure what to do. How long do I prolong this? Does he have a quality of life? How will I know when it's time? I'm a teacher and am going back to school next week. My nephew will be checking on him but I'm worried. I'm not ready to let him go, especially if there is more I can do. But to what expense?

Anyone have experience with this? Any thoughts? Thank you.
Very tough. My little buddy has been in Congestive heart failure, has a leaky valve and an enlarged heart. She is a Dachsund rescue estimated to be about 14. Has been on Pimobendan and Furosemide for 7 months now for the heart failure. We saw a cardiology specialist who added Spironolactone to help keep her heart and lungs clear which made her cough go away completely. Also added Benapril to increase kidney function making blood circulation better....this made her feel much better. Lastly he added Viagra to increase the amount of oxygen absorbed by her lungs and improve circulation. The viagra seems to have given her a huge burst of energy and increased her appetite. Maybe you can talk to your vet about these meds.
To keep her hydrated on all these diuretics...I mix all of her meals with %50 Royal Canin mature loaf in gel(low sodium food) and %50 water. I also giver her homeade chicken broth(just boil chicken in water) everyday at lunch. Good luck.
 
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