Just wanted to update on Blade, he is still alive but he seems to be wasting away he is losing so much muscle mass it looks as though I don't feed him and he eats 3 times a day. I searched the web last night and found a syndrome called Cardiac Cachexia it's basically anorexia in dogs
I am beginning to think the meds are somehow keeping his body from storing the nutrients could be the water pills I have been reading about herbal supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids & Coenzyme Q10 they are supposed to help with nutrient absorption, I also found one called young at heart.. Animal Naturals Young at Heart, Longevity and Anti Aging Nutrition Supplement
has anyone gone the supplement route? I just can't see him get any skinnier. If he didn't look so underfed you would never know he was sick, I am thankful that he is full of energy and bouncing off the walls but I have to get some meat back on this poor guys behind!!! Any suggestions would be wonderful this is all so foreign to me
I'm sorry to hear Blade is losing body condition.
This is classic for CHF, I am afraid.
There is just really no system in his body that will function well, as time goes on, because his poor heart can't keep enough oxygen and nutrients going to all his cells.
I will tell you that I tried to move heaven and earth, consulting a specialist in canine nutrition for cardio dogs, and everything.
I bought it all, shoved it all down my boy, and I have to say I did all that *for me* though I of course didn't realize it at the time.
If I had it to do all over, I'd have spent more time sitting with him under our favorite tree by the creek.
I'd have held his chew bones for him more, and played with him with stuffy toys more. Every moment was precious, and I regret all the time and focus I spent on supplements and feeding regimens.
Now, what is right or wrong for one person may be entirely different from another, but just sharing my own memories and experiences.
Listen to your boy, and he will lead you to the right decisions.