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DCM question about Marcus
I am starting a new thread about my 1 1/2 year old Dobie, Marcus. 6 months ago, he was diagnosed with DCM. It was found by accident, because he ate my underwear, and it was discovered during an echo. His halter monitor confirmed problems with (sorry, I do not know the technical terms) with several incidents of afib. I can dig out the report, but it is not relevant. He also had a murmur.
He was started on Pembendon and Sotelol (sorry for the mis spelled words. My wonderful Vet that I found that handled the holder even told me that we might not want to have him neutered, even though the had a non descended testicle, because he might not live long enough to have the cancer risk factor in to our decision.
Several weeks ago, we had him re holterted. Miracle of miracles, it came out positive...no rhythm problems, and the murmur was gone. We decided to have him neutered. At her recommendation, we took him to a surgeon, rather that her or another Vet, because of having to put him under for longer to get the nondescended testicle. It cost A LOT OF MONEY. But, he is my very badly behaved baby.
We got a new echo. It came out positive. No signs of DCM.
That was a long story for my questions. I plan on calling my holter Vet and talking to her about this. The report from the cardiologist said to stop the Pembendon and to gradually take him him off of the Soteleol.
I am VERY reluctant to do this. Those drugs are what has put his heart into check. There is no canine cardiologist for hundreds of miles from Memphis. The report that the surgery center received was done by a physician that is not on the premises.
For those of you that know about these things, am I right in thinking this way? Are there side effects from Marcus staying on these drugs? My local Vet has zero knowledge about this, so I don't intend to even bring him into the conversation. Besides, his Vet Tech/manager got really snippy with me, when she found out that I had taken Marcus elsewhere and way buying his drugs elsewhere. They wanted to charge me about 6x what my halter Vet charged me.
I am happily mystified here. All of the tests were done by the same facilities.
Any input will be greatly appreciated. I want to be a little educated when I speak with my Vet.