Eat Poo and Die
Join Date: May 2009
Dogs Name: Niz
Dogs Age: 3.5
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Once again, thank you for all your good vibes and thoughts. We really appreciate all the love and advice we've received over the years. I feel like so much better of a doberparent than I could have ever been without DT.
Good news first: If Niz decides his current minions (SO & I) are not fit for a Princess like him, the cardiologist loves Niz and told us that if Niz "became too much" for us, he'd gladly take him. Niz, spreading Princessy charm wherever he goes, with every lick and every fart.
Bad news: I will have the actual numbers when the cardio emails them over, but .... Niz is *technically* DCM now. While his EKG still shows APCs, there are no VPCs, so no worry there (and no need to treat for arrhythmia yet), but his echo numbers have slightly gone downhill since last time. Last year, his walls were 8.9mm and his shortening fraction was 27%. This visit, 9.1mm walls (slightly better, but these numbers can fluctuate within a small range, so we're taking it as not really a change) with 25% SF. Some beats, they were higher, some beats were as low as 21%. The cardiologist is on the fence about Niz's status and doesn't want to formally diagnose DCM and start on benezapril until we have some more numbers or any symptoms to tip the scale either way. In addition to the holter we do in September, we will be doing a BNP test. False positives are possible, but hopefully that can give us more insight into Niz's condition because although the overall SF itself put Niz into DCM category, the numbers that go into it actually hasn't changed much at all over the last year (by one or two numbers on each end of the scale, but I won't have the actual numbers in front of me until the vet writes it all up and sends it over). I trust our cardiologist to help us make the right choices and it gives me confidence that he likes to pick apart all the individual components of the echo and compare them to the previous echo. If he had just looked at the big picture, Niz would be occult DCM diagnosed and on meds, but while the numbers are worrying, we don't think that medication is warranted just yet until we have more findings and more numbers to really tip the scales confidently.
We did another MSU thyroid panel, and I hope that his thyroid is staying okay. His FT3 was barely low-normal last time, so hopefully that isn't on the decline.
The Princess and his Cookie Baker.
what can you do.... love them and bake them cookies.