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Old 01-20-2013, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Update so far...

My doberman Oscar has now been on cardisure tablets since being diagnosed with the dreaded heart failure condition, dilated cardiomyopathy, just before Christmas. He was given anything from 6 weeks to 6 months and I was warned that he would collapse more and deteriorate or simply die suddenly with a heart attack. Well the good news so far is that he has not had a single abnormal symptom since (aside from a bit of diarrhea for 2 days a few weeks ago). He is his usual happy boisterous, hungry self!
Tonight the top of his head feels really hot as do his ears, though his nose feels cold. Is this anything I need to worry about? He is due his heart check up on Thursday. Another question I forgot to ask the vet was how much exercise is safe for him. He is 9 years old and no longer chases frisbies like his younger years. Should I take him for controlled lead walks only or can I let him run loose? Obviously I don't want to stress his heart in any way
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hugz to you and Oscar.

i never restricted things they enjoy doing.

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Thanks for the update, sounds like Oscar's doing really well.

I agree with Darkevs, your vet will let you know how much exercise is appropriate. My boy was allowed one 20 minute lead walk a day, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
It's good his ears are warm, especially with the weather we've been getting. Warm ears = warm dobe.
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So pleased he is doing well, with Madison i take her for one off lead walk a day and let her do as much or as little as she wants, she also plays with my other dobe and has the odd game of football . Hope he continues to do well for a long time. x
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Thanks for the update and so glad he is doing well on the meds. I would check with his cardiologist but Baron's cardiologist has always told me to let him do what he feels like doing and to let him be a dog. Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers.
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Oscar had his check up today, and though they can still hear the murmur clearly on one side, his lungs are clear of any fluid and his heart rate is slow and regular. They were also not letting me get my hopes too high, reminding me that the tablets won't cure him, just giving me more time. Now I just need to find a good website which will sell me the tablets a bit cheaper as 55 pounds for 30 tablets, and he is on 1 daily is hugely expensive!
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That's good news. Here is some info you might show your Vet.

https://news.liv.ac.uk/2012/12/17/dr...heart-disease/

University of Liverpool - University News - Drug improves quality of life for Dobermanns with heart disease « « News

Drug improves quality of life for Dobermanns with heart disease
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Pimobendan (Vetmedin) slowed progression of the disease and prolonged good quality, symptom-free life for an average additional nine months

Veterinary scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that early screening and drug treatment for Dobermann dogs with a serious heart disease can extend and improve their quality of life.
The study, which took place over the course of six years with dogs in the UK, Canada and US, examined more than 70 Dobermanns with early signs of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
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The disease, which also affects cats and humans, causes the heart to become enlarged and death can be very sudden and unexpected if not detected in its early stages.
The cardiology team at the University’s Small Animal Teaching Hospital examined whether early screening for DCM could improve the chances of longer survival with treatment of a drug called Pimobendan (Vetmedin).
“We have shown that screening dogs for DCM, and early treatment, can extend the life expectancy of Dobermanns with the condition and greatly enhance their quality of life” They found that the drug slowed down the progression of the disease and prolonged good quality, symptom-free life by an average of an additional nine months.
Dr Jo Dukes McEwan, from the University’s School of Veterinary Science, said: “As soon as a dog shows outward signs of the disease, it becomes more difficult to treat and the chance of surviving with the condition for any period of time reduces considerably.
“We cannot cure DCM and the genetic cause of the disease is poorly understood , but we do know that Pimobendan is a drug frequently used in cardiology for the treatment of congestive heart failure and has already proven beneficial in treating both clinical DCM and mitral valve disease in dogs.
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“We have shown that screening dogs for DCM, and early treatment, can extend the life expectancy of Dobermanns with the condition and greatly enhance their quality of life. The team at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital will continue to offer the screening service to owners of Dobermanns who may wish to get them checked for signs of DCM.”
The research, funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, is published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
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Glad to hear he's doing well. You may want to look into Petmeds.co.uk or Vetscriptions.co.uk. to see if you can get the meds cheaper. I've used petmeds in the past & they're very fast & efficient. Remember that you will need a prescription from the vet. They CANNOT refuse you one if you ask but they will charge you. Mine used to charge £10 but I was still quids in.
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