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post #26 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 11:55 AM
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I just want to say I'm deeply sorry. Here is my boys story. Petey has DCM I don't think anything can prepare you for losing them suddenly, just know that it is the best way for them to leave us. It is hard at first, but in the end you know they didn't suffer. Hugs going out to you and your family. Do try to live in the moment, it really is all we have.

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This is so sad. You take care of yourself, too.

Having nearly lost my Dexter this year, I know too well how horrible this fear feels.

God bless you.

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So sorry! Enjoy every minute. Remember that quality of life is so important. Love, Love and Love!! My prayers are with you!!

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Oh I am so sorry to hear about your girl. The heartache we humans go through over our pets, they give us so much love and devotion; it's just not fair. I wish I could help you somehow, I know how hard it is. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts but please keep us informed and just love her to pieces. (she loves you).

When my girl was diagnosed with CVI which is nothing in comparison, I cried for days and still do. She struggles and is having a hard time eating and her breathing has gotten a little raspy lately. Not knowing how long I have, I adjust to her, whatever is easiest for her.

I think your girl is very lucky to have you, you are doing all you can do, cherish every waking moment. {{{{{{hugs}}}}}}
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I am so sorry; I too have been there very recently, and we lost our girl in September from heart failure. Daisy did VERY well on the meds for almost a full year after diagnosis. We were lucky . . .

I have heard enalipril can have some effects; Daisy was not on this, but on Benazepril, which I think is very similar and is well tolerated. Maybe want to ask the vet. Do you give the Pimobendan on an empty stomach? this is ideal, then I would give her other meds with food.

I know how it feels. My life stopped completely except for her . . I never left her alone, didn't go anywhere, she slept with me and was with me all the time. I have video of her 4 days before we euthanized her, chasing a ball in the park and spinning in circles . . . it was a long road, and there were a few bumps. There will be times you have to adjust the meds, it's a fine balancing act.

I too prayed she would die chasing her ball, or a squirrel but we had to let her go, and the downward slide happened very quickly. You cannot prepare yourself for this, every dog is different. All you can do is love them and try not to mourn your beloved yet. There will be loads of time afterwards to cry
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Thank you all

I want to thank all of you for your kind words and empathy.

We are giving the meds analapril, vetmedin, mexiletine and Spironolactone for a week now.

Our girl is peeing alot more which was to be expected and is drinking more as well.

Thankfully, no real bad side effects from the meds. Doing a halter in 3 weeks to check how meds are working.

Her %FS was 16% on her echo which I am told is really bad.

I pray she does not start to suffer and if she shows any signs we are not going to put her through any of it.

Spending as much time with her as humanly possible, taking movies and pictures and trying to stay out of the paralyzing fear of losing her or seeing her die in front of me.
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Thanks for posting the photos of your beautiful girl. She is in my thoughts and prayers.

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I'm so very sorry. We are going through the very same difficult time with our boy. He was diagnosed last week. Your girl is beautiful. I completely understand your fears.

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I'm so very sorry. Your poor girl. She's really been through it. I wish I could say something that could magically fix all these hurts that everyone goes through with their beloved fur kids. I'm just so glad there are people that have wisdom and give support to others here. I wish you peace.
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