Help! Heart disease??

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  1. Rubylove

    Rubylove Training the Trainer

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    Ruby has been having some symptoms of heart disease - random lethargy, shortness of breath, palpitations, coughing and excessive (and not after exercise) panting. It's only happened twice but we are very anxious. She is going to the vet this afternoon.

    Does anyone have any advice on this?
     
  2. frenchboxer

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    No experience with this, but I just wanted to wish you lots of luck and good wishes for your vet visit. Let us know what happens.
     
  3. Rubylove

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    Well just got back from the vet and Ruby has tonsilitis. He said it can display similar symptoms to mild heart disease - mainly panting, and coughing. He said she is `stupidly' healthy....lol....

    He's such a cool vet - whenever she went to lick his face he kissed her right back on the nose, he loves her - is so affectionate with her and thinks she's such a gorgeous dog....therefore I love him!!! Hahahaha....

    SUCH a relief that she's ok.
     
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    Did your Vet find out what the underlying problem is that caused Tonsillitis? That would be my big concern as it can be caused from infections of the mouth, sinuses or respiratory tract. It can also occur with disease such as parvovirus, distemper, herpesvirus and pseudorabies.
    I imagine your vet gave you Ruby an antibiotic, you should also feed a good quality canned food mixed with water to make a mush. Be sure to follow the antibiotic up with probiotics to replenish the good bacteria in the gut.

    I hope rudy recovers quickly, she is adorable;)
     
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    Good news !! They worry us so !!
     
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    That is good news! I've heard of dogs developing tonsillitis but never new of the symptoms. It's nice to know!
     
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    Good to here she will be ok.
     
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    Yup the underlying problem (based on the history I gave him) is a particular toy of hers that she chews. We realised that every time she gets it and plays with it, the symptoms (and especially the cough) come straight afterwards. So into the bin for that one!!
     
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    Glad she's okay and you found the toy causing the problem.
     
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    Phew, glad she's O.K.
     
  11. Rubylove

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    Since our first visit to the vet regarding Ruby's suspected heart condition she has worsened, and I contacted the vet again today. She is going in on Monday for an ultrasound. He says her symptoms sound like a structural heart defect. Waaahhhhhh noooooo I am terribly upset. :(
     
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    Well, since intially posting here about this, Ruby has deteriorated, and the vet thinks she has a structural heart defect. She is having an ultrasound on Monday to find out for sure. I am terribly upset. My poor baby girl. I desperately hope whatever she has can be treated. If anything happened to my girl I would be shattered.
     
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    awww hope your baby is ok
     
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    Please let us know.... you and she are in our thoughts and prayers.
     
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    Assuming Ruby came from a breeder - have you called and discussed the issue?
     
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    ^^What Mordy said.

    I feel soo bad for you. I hope Ruby comes through this ok. Please, keep us updated.
     
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    Not yet - but don't worry I will. I want to wait until there's definite news one way or another before I call and freak the poor people out....lol
     
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    The vet just called and said Ruby is absolutely fine - no abnormalities whatsoever.

    He said the panting, exercise intolerance could well be behavioural - she's a bit lazy, probably. He also said she's a little overweight. Although he was quick to add we haven't done anything wrong, it's probably metabolic, according to him.

    So he wants her to maintain the weight she is at while she keeps growing, and not to put on any more, and she'll be just right once she reaches her full size. He also said that being overweight in her situation is a good thing, because, and I quote, `sick dogs don't get fat'

    He did say that it could be caused by something medical, however the `two big ones' have been ruled out - her heart and kidneys - and both are perfect.

    WOO HOO WOO HOO!!!

    I am over the moon!!
     
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    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    Thats awsome I am glad to hear that she is doing good:D
     
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    Oh that's great to hear! :)
     

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