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Old 12-10-2012, 12:06 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry for your news. I have walked in your steps with my first doberman my heart breaks for you..............hugs from across the miles!!
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Brusco doing better!

Brusco been on Vetmedin for about 1.5 weeks now and doing much better. Seems to have a bit more energy and not about to collapse after a bit of activity like he did before. Still sleeps more, but that's OK. He is able to be more of himself... guarding the house, playing with the Chi, suckling his stuffed animals, and giving tons of kisses.

He is on 20 mg a day (10 2x a day). His Holter results came back and while he had a bunch of PVC's he did not have any runs or even couplets.

I am blessed to share every day with him. I have decided not to put him on anything else and when the time comes that he is not able to be himself, I will sadly let him go see his Grandfather Dobe in Heaven.

Thank you everyone. You have been so kind. My heart goes out to all of you who have experienced this with your love as well.

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Glad to hear he's feeling a little more like his old self, thanks for updating us.
I wish you & Brusco a happy christmas & hope you have loads more time together.

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Thanks for the update and so glad Brusco is doing better. Please keep us posted.
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Update on Brusco - what to do when we go on vacation?

Hi Everyone,

I am so happy to say that Brusco is still with us and still on Vetmedin 20mg a day. No change in his meds. I'm going have another echo done early May as we need to go away a bit in May and June and I would like to know the status of his DCM. I am truly so very happy he is still doing OK. I never would have imagined this and his grandfather died so quickly, but we did not have this drug at the time.

We have not gone anywhere or left him for more than 1/2 day. What do you folks do when you have to travel? This is my biggest fear - that something will happen to him while we are gone. We do not have the option of bringing him with us.

We do not have anyone to stay at our home. Any suggestions?


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I am very sorry to hear that there is another struck by this disease I am glad to hear though that Brusco is doing well on the vetmedin. For those who the medications work a considerable amount of quality time can be gained, especially if there is no indication of CHF. ..... This is not my first dance with this disease either and I know what it feels like to find out that you have to face it again..... my boy Duece never did well, no matter what they tried with him.... he never stabilized at all.

My boy Boss was diagnosed in April 2012 and it sounds as though his symptoms and test results are very similar to Bruscos. Boss is so far doing very well and is only on Sotalol and some supplements there has been no real change in him other than what I have caused by not letting him get too amped up. I just spoil my boy rotten and take one day at a time.

Hoping for the best for you and Brusco.
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It's great to hear that the medication was so effective at buying him a good bit more quality time.

As for leaving him behind when you have to travel, boarding him at a kennel, especially if your vet does boarding on the side (just regular boarding, not the "hospital ward" wall-o-crates), that would be the sort of choice that could put your mind at ease, at least you'd know someone is there and could try to do something, or at least notify you if he was to have a serious setback.
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sorry to hear about Brusco . . . I too have been there. Daisy lived over a year in CHF, and she did amazingly well until the last few days.

She was never alone. She stayed with a trusted friend while I was at work, and other than that i never went anywhere. I was supposed to be a bridesmaid in Hawaii at my best friends wedding, and I ended up cancelling the trip. I just couldn't leave her.

Time is so limited when they have this disease . . . I never regretted putting my entire life on hold for that year. She deserved it.

Hugs and dober-kisses to Brusco and you, it is heartbreaking.
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So glad to hear he's doing so well. It's such a refreshing change to hear some good DCM news.

Here's hoping the Vetmedin keeps doing its thing & you get loads more quality time with your boy.

Please let us know how the echo goes next month.
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sorry to hear about Brusco . . . I too have been there. Daisy lived over a year in CHF, and she did amazingly well until the last few days.

She was never alone. She stayed with a trusted friend while I was at work, and other than that i never went anywhere. I was supposed to be a bridesmaid in Hawaii at my best friends wedding, and I ended up cancelling the trip. I just couldn't leave her.

Time is so limited when they have this disease . . . I never regretted putting my entire life on hold for that year. She deserved it.

Hugs and dober-kisses to Brusco and you, it is heartbreaking.
I would too, except it is my son's wedding. I could never miss his wedding.

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Hi and I am sorry to hear about your beautiful dog. I have never dealt with this disease and I hope I never do. I feel so bad for you, and am hoping he is around for a long time to come.

I wish I could help you with your trip. I pet sit for a few people here where I live, when they are gone, I stay at their house and take care of things. It's been a joy to help people, but I do get attached to their dogs, and well even a donkey and sheep haah. I don't know if maybe your local shelter could offer an employee who is trustworthy for you to contact? Just an idea.. I do alot for my people, so don't be afraid to ask them to clean up and such. Hope you find an answer to your delema, it's hard to go at times when you have pets.

I wish you and your dog well and will keep you in my prayers. Hugs from afar.
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Brusco update: Not good. :(

His EKG had a ton of V-Tach runs and his echo showed progression of his DCM. They wanted to keep him there for a few days and start an IV load, but I would never forgive myself if he died there without me, so I brought him home and we are starting 2 new meds. I trust his Cardiologist - great place but..... My poor Bunny... I know he is happier here with me. He gets so anxious at the Vet. He is glad to be home with Kobie his little Chi and Mom. Dad should be home soon. Prayers still requested. Thanks everyone!
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I am sorry the news wasn't better, Boss showed progression also so I know how you feel.... really all we can do is try to slow the progression and spoil our babies rotten. Hugs to you and Brusco.
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Sorry to hear Brusco isn't doing so good. Hug your precious boy tight & spend every moment you can with him. Sending good thoughts & vibes to you all from across the pond.
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Exclamation Brusco is getting worse.....

Tuesday we had to bring Brusco back to the Cardiologist as his heart rate and resp. rate was elevated to over 200 beats per minute. He did an EKG and he was in sustained v-tach.

The MD tried a Lidocaine bolus without conversion so he sent him home with an increase of his meds. Now on:

Vedmedin 10mg 2x a day
mexcilitine 300mg 3x a day
solodal 10mg 2x a day

Yesterday he started getting episodes of just walking around, standing in a spare bedroom, tongue blue, cold, practically dead. we gave him his vedmedin a little early and he did better.

Then he started coughing. I called the vet and he ordered some Lasix 40 mg 2x a day.

Same thing happened last night at 3 AM.

Now he is resting and coughing now and then.

I don't want him uncomfortable, so I am weighing on putting him down verses giving the meds some time to work. It is so hard. I love him so very very much. I am so scared....

I just don't know what to do anymore. I hate this disease. I just watched the German movie..... Dear God, please help us.
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I am so very sorry to read this update. Hoping and praying the meds will kick in and he will feel better. Brusco is in my thoughts and prayers.
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Oh, this makes me so sad. Your description of Brusco sounds just like my boy was.

I hate this damn disease & what it does to our babies. I'm so sorry you're faced with this. I wish you peace in whatever decision you make.

I shall keep you in my thoughts.

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I'm so very sorry to hear of this diagnosis. This MUST be a horrible disease. I've read from so many on here of it and the heartbreak it causes.
My prayers are with you and your boy.
My heart breaks along with each of you when I hear news like this.
I know how much I love my girl and I can't imagine how much this tears you up inside when it happens to you.
I so wish there was something that could stop or get rid of this disease.
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