Join Date: Apr 2012
Dogs Name: Trooper. (Eddie, Amber & Homer all RIP)
Titles: Trouble, sock thief, PITA
Dogs Age: 15-3-11 (Eddie 1999-2009, Amber 1997-2011, Homer 2005-2012)
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Hi, sorry to hear of your diagnosis. My boy was in CHF when he was diagnosed with DCM. He was also at risk of sudden death. He was put on Vetmedin, Frusemide, spironolactone & Fortekor(an ACE inhibitor) We chose not to give meds to help with the arrhythmia as quite frankly we were hoping that he would succumb to sudden death & not have to suffer the horror that is CHF. Alas, for my poor boy that's exactly what happened to him.
I will tell you though that my Homer walked into the vets a very sick boy & within a couple of days of being on Vetmedin he was like his old self again. He had great quality of life for the first 2 months or so & was able to do all the things that he loved doing the most. He still went for a short walk each day, played with his toys & would chase the cats from the garden. I made a promise to my boy that I would never let him suffer & I like to think I kept that promise to him.
IMO I would definitely give the Vetmedin a go, you've got nothing to lose by trying it & it may give you some real good quality time with Brusco. Please keep us updated.
Big hugs to you & Brisco.