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    Prayers for Sparky~UPDATE#23

    Sparky isn't doing really well. Some know he has a serious heart murmur and is in CHF. He's on Lasix for fluid and Enalapril for his heart function, but his cough has gotten worse and more frequent, and now he has developed a pot belly (I call him jelly-belly) and is retaining fluid in his abdomen. His appetite is normal and he hasn't lost/gained weight, so obviously the Lasix is no longer keeping up with the fluid buildup, and he is on 3 doses per day. I tried to get him an appointment to get back in to see doc today, but they are on vacation this week, and I now have an appointment for Monday at 1 p.m.

    So being the researcher on the internet that I am, I checked out a site for CHF written by a vet. Doc hates when I say this, but of course I go by what she says anyway. There are other fluid pills available when the maximum dose of Lasix is no longer working, so of course I will bring this up with her. Also seems he should probably be on a low salt diet, so I guess that might mean prescription food (in addition to Myndi's low protein) or homemade meals. I really have no idea what doc will suggest and put into action for him.

    So I really won't know anything till Monday, but if you could say some of those special PT prayers for my boy, or at least send some positive vibes his way, I'd be so grateful.
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    Sending good vibes his way, poor pooch!
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    Thoughts and prayers for Sparky and mom
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    Prayers for sweet Sparky.

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    Oh My! I am sorry to read that Sparky is having health problems. I know you will do all you can to help him. It is so upsetting when one of our fur babies is not 100%. Keep us posted. In my prayers ((Hugs))

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    Many prayers for dear little Sparky.

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    Pomtzu,

    Thoughts and prayers for Sparky coming from CT.

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    Prayers for sweet Sparky! Keep us posted!
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    Prayers and good thoughts for Sparky. Purrs from Cali and Diego. And a big HUG for you.
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    So sorry to be so late finding this Pom--- and I'm so sorry to hear Sparky hit a bump in the road. Of course I'm sending prayers and good vibes from this melted north country. I hope he does better over the weekend, maybe you can homecook for him and leave all salt out until your vet sees him. Sending him some extra hugs and kisses
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    I'm so sorry to hear this. I didn't realize that he had these health problems. Lots of prayers and positive thoughts are being sent his way. Please take care. ((((HUGS)))
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    Sparkey is in my thoughts and prayers.
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    Thanks everyone. I'm hoping for the best, but as with anyone with a heart condition, prepared (sort of) for just about anything.

    You'd never know he has any issues, as he's just the same goofy boy that he's always been. He's a little less active, but can still take off like a bat out of h3ll after a rabbit or cat that happens to stray into "his" yard, and never even get winded. I do try to discourage the running tho. And of course there's not a thing wrong with his appetite!

    I'll keep you posted after I learn more.
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    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
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    Hi Ellie, we had severe thunderstorms come through yesterday, lost power till about 10:30 PM. So I'm late posting in this thread.

    Prayers for Sparky and you, from RI. For humans with CHF, high heat does make things much worse.

    My friend's mom has CHF and was on Lasix. She had constant issues and hospitalizations. They finally sought out a doc in Boston, who said about 20% of patients, Lasix does the opposite of what it is supposed to. He took her off that and put her on something else, she's been must better for a year now. So the vet can change Sparky's meds and perhaps this will help him as well.

    Sorry you and he have to struggle through till Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom View Post

    Prayers for Sparky and you, from RI. For humans with CHF, high heat does make things much worse.

    Lasix does the opposite of what it is supposed to. He took her off that and put her on something else,
    Absolutely - heat and humidity can be deadly for people (and dogs) with heart issues. Sparky had that fainting spell over Memorial Day weekend when we had our first heat wave, and the a.c. was dead. Thankfully we had a new unit installed in just a couple of days, otherwise he probably would have not still been with me, and I might have been gone right along with him as I cannot tolerate heat. We hibernate inside where it's cool, and only go out a few times each day for potty call for both Fuzzbuttz, and to stretch their legs - and only for about 5 minutes at a time - and under a big shade tree too.

    The other diuretic med listed in that article that I read was Aldactone, and there were a couple of others by chemical name but not by brand name. I sure hope that one of them will be suitable for him.
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    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
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