Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Anaheim, CA
Dogs Name: Zeus
Titles: CGC & PAT
Dogs Age: 4/13/09
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I Lost My Boy At 9yo
It's been a long time now. The last time you all heard from me, I was talking about my boy's liver problems. Well, Zeus started to retain fluid in his abdomen. Not good. We thought it might have been his liver getting worse but after another blood panel, the liver didn't look bad at all. We drained 3 liters off his abdomen and were told to schedule an ultrasound and come back in a month to drain him again. We didn't make it a week. By the time I took him back to the vet, 7 days later, he was almost as big as he was before we had him drained. The vet took a listen to his heart and she took longer to listen this time. He had a grade 3 or 4 grade heart murmur.
The vet said we could do echocardiograms, ultrasounds, and xrays but that it was most likely DCM because that's all it ever is when it comes to dobies and their hearts. The vet send us home with heart pills and the option to bring him in for all the testing but that the bottom line was that he was in heart failure. With his history of liver disease and because my husband didn't feel right dragging him along through another chronic and terminal illness, we decided it was time to let him go. We made it 2.5 years after his initial Copper Storage Disease diagnosis. I can say I'm proud of that and that for being a backyard bred dog, he lived a long life. 9 Years is not bad so I can be happy that I had that time with him.
My heart is broken for Zeus, my late boy, and for the breed as a whole. With my boy, if it wasn't one thing, it was another. We never got a break and it seems that he was sick/injured all his life. He was such a sensitive boy. I will forever love the breed but the agony I went through is enough to make me step back and reevaluate if I can even afford another dobie. I looked at my local doberman rescue but all those dogs are either physically or emotionally damaged. I will keep looking but I'm not too hopeful at the moment. Just depressed.
This forum has really helped educate me and guide me to becoming a better dog owner and consumer altogether. Thank you for all your support and knowledge. Goodbye for now.
Zeus, my first and current doberman.