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DCM question about Marcus

I have a DCM question. My Vet is totally clueless and useless. But, that is another story. He has a DCM Vet. She is too away to see when Marcus does things like dining on the garbage like he did last week. The new Vet put him on DCM meds 3 months ago. I am going to have him holtered in 2 weeks again. He is only 1 1/2 years old and was diagnosed before he showed any symptoms. Since he started the meds, he has put on 20 pounds....in 3 months. He is not fat. He had not put on any weight for several months, until the DCM thing came up. Then, on meds, he has not only put on a massage amount of weight, he is BIG.....like a normal Dobie. My question for those of you who know, is this a good thing? He is not the same dog. I guess that I did not know that he was ill. But, our "former" Vet should have said something when he didn't put on any weight for months when he was just a puppy in my uneducated opinion.
Am I being overly optimistic about Marcus. I will see the Vet in 2 weeks. But, I look at him now vs 3 months ago and he is not the same dog. I cannot get my arms around him in bed, because his chest is so large now.
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Maybe a picture or two would help?

It is true that male dobes can put on weight and muscle mass all the way up to about age 3, so he may just be becoming more of a "man". That said, that kind of weight gain does seem like a lot. How is his energy level?
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At 1 1/2, he is just starting to mature and will continue to fill in for another year possibly. Can you post a recent picture or two?

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I will post a photo. His energy level is good. He is not crazy energetic like you would expect a 1 1/2 year old Doberman to be, but he is not lethargic by any means. He plays hard with my grand dog all day. I get him and bring him to stay with us while our son is at work. Marcus is all muscle. I am taking him to the wonderful Vet that I found on the internet to have him hollered again next week. It will have been 3 months. I am just looking for a quick answer here as my Vet is totally clueless. Photos to come later
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Here are the photos of Marcus. The first two were taken on September 11, the day that we had him hollered. He is wearing a shirt and a blow up collar to prevent him from eating the monitor. But, it does show his size. The third photo was taken today, exactly 3 months later. It does not look like the same dog. I am curious more than anything right now. I am cautiously hopeful. We are going to see the Holtier Vet on Tuesday.
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He's a handsome fellow, though I'm not so sure he looks too thrilled to be in that color and holter vest. I really do like the floppy eared look.

You said you were concerned about weight gain--I'm wondering if it looks like he's put on muscle, or if the weight all seems to be in a bulgy tummy.
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I would agree with Mel. Although it's hard to tell from the photos, I think he's probably gaining weight from either the medications, or he's simply getting too many calories. He has that distinctive "pudge" over the hips that is the overweight dog bulge. I'd cut his food back. With sick dogs you especially don't want them overweight - the extra weight is hard on their heart.
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