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Grade five murmur and heart failure.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Mrsh77, Jan 26, 2019.


  1. Mrsh77

    Mrsh77 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,
    Looking for what to expect advice regarding my 8 year old cavalier.
    After a visit to the vet yesterday we were advised that she has gone from a grade one i September to a grade five murmur with fluid on the lungs.
    The vet was very grave in telling us she had heart failure.
    She has been started on two meds twice a day and has to return in a week.
    I asked about life expectancy and she said she would know more next week if she responds to the meds.
    I guess I’m just shocked that it could come on so quickly and worry of how to prepare our three kids who adore her.
    Has anyone any advice on prognosis?
    Thanks in advance
    Julie
     
  2. Rafa

    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    Hi and welcome to the forum, though sorry it's in such circumstances.

    I think you have to be guarded in your expectations. A Grade 5 is serious.

    Heart failure in humans tends to be acute and dramatic, yet is not so in dogs. I had a bitch in similar circumstances and she lived for six months after diagnosis.

    It does sound as though you have a good Vet, so, with his/her advice, I would go from day to day now and, hopefully, your girl will respond to treatment.
     
  3. Mrsh77

    Mrsh77 PetForums Newbie

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    Rafa - thanks for your reply and sorry you’ve been through it before too.

    I honestly thought we had escaped the whole cavalier heart thing given that she’d got to eight without a big murmur so this caught me off guard. She’d just been tireder, struggling to jump on and off things she usually does and strangely hurting from a stroke or being picked up intermittently.

    Taking nothing for granted now and hopefully she responds and we have more time with her.

    Thanks again
     
  4. SusieRainbow

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    So sorry you're going through this, it's heartbreaking.
    My old dog died in December of heart failure but she was 15. It came from nowhere , just age related I suppose.
    I hope your vet can help your girl. We were offered diuretics for Tango but she was so distressed at that point and had been through so much we coudn't put her through any more intervention.
     
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    Mrsh77 PetForums Newbie

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    Sorry for your loss but wow 15 years ! That’s amazing but must have left such a big hole.

    Ruby doesn’t seem distressed just not her usually self and subdued.
    The sad thing is she only can to us three years ago after being passed through lots of homes (really bad separation anxiety).

    This next week should be the key to her future response so fingers crossed now.
     
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    So sorry to hear about you’re sweet girl....Wow that is a quick decline!! My 12 year old cavalier was diagnosed with heart failure and given water tablets and heart tablets which he responded well to in fact he seemed to get a new lease of life
    We were told we would get roughly a year with him and we made it to 11 months
    Fingers crossed for you as it’s so hard on the children mine were devastated So sad that she’s been passed around from home to home but sounds like you’ve given her an amazing home for the last few years
     
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    Mrsh77 PetForums Newbie

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    We’ve certainly tried Tatty!
    We’ve had a lot of improvement so far on then meds - she’s not 100% put she can now jump on the sofa and beds (takes a few attempts) and she is wagging her tail a lot more so hopefully the clinical response will echo this when we return to the vet on Friday.

    Sorry to hear you’ve had similar experiences with your cavalier - sounds like you’ve all been through a lot x
     
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    My heart goes out to you. We got our cavalier Suzie when she was 3 and she had a heart murmer then. It didn't,t really get any worse untill she was 12, then she had to go onto heart tablets and diuretics. She,s managed well on these for 2yrs. Lately she,s really slowed down and I feel she,s now living on borrowed time, we treasure every day with her, as you know they are the most sweet natured dogs. Hopefully the meds will give you more time with her too
     
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