Hi all. I haven't been on in a LONG time, but I have a question that I desperately need to get some information on. My sister has a miniture yorkie. This is literally her "baby," never having had any children. She always takes her to the vet for everything from shots to baths. I can't remember exactly how old her dog is but I am going to guess it must be about 10 years old. She took her to the vet this week because the dog wasn't acting right. The vet told her that her dog was very sick, she has water around her heart and lungs and that it was my sister's fault because she smokes. My sister is absolutely hysterical thinking that she could have done anything to harm this dog. I am wondering if anyone can tell me if this is a common problem, is it brought on by smoking, and what is the name of the condition. I would really appreciate any information. Thanks so much and hope everyone is doing well.
Smoking does shorten your pets life but few live long enough for the effects to be obvious. I'm puzzled by why she is suprised that such a nasty deadly habit has affected her dog.
Beyond that, fluid retention can be a handful of things. The dog may have already been predisposed to heart failure in the first place and the smoking simply agravated a problem. If this dog is truely a 'miniture' yorkie you have to accept the fact that chances are great that there was already an inherent problem which kept the dog small, in this case a poorly functional heart agrivated by her habit.
Or it may hav enothing to do with anything and the dog was going to have heartproblems from the get go.
Instead of being hysterical becuase a ten year old dog is starting to show signs of age, she needs to agressivly move into treatment for the fluid with medications and an ecocardigrams at the canine cardiologist. She needs a second opinion from a canine heart specalist before she decides to have a breakdown, that will not be helpful to the dog.
***Edited By: Icyhound on 4/5/2006 6:42:07 PM*** Reason: I repeated myself
gina it sounds like she has congestive heart failure.
we had to just recently euthanize a yorkie who had it. i dont know whether it can be caused by second hand smoke but i can tell you that the owners of this particular yorkie smoked so much that the dog always reeked of smoke when they brought him in.
i assume they have put him on lasix (furosemide) to clear up some of the fluid buildup ? is your sister going to persue further diagnosis with ultrasound or EKG's ?
Thanks. Yes she is going to pursue anything she can. I appreciate the help.
You know I have to say this. I used to be on this board every single day. It has been a very long time since I have been on here and this is why.
Icy, I never had a problem with you, but it was hurtful to me to read your response. Of course my sister did not intentionally hurt her dog by smoking. I'm not even getting into that discussion. Secondly, the comment about her being hysterical about a ten year old dog is more than uncalled for. I would be extremely upset also and just because she's upset does not mean she isn't doing anything about it. I was trying to get some information to make her feel better.
Thanks for reminding me why I left. People hide behind discussion boards and never stop to think how their remarks might hurt someone else.
Thanks for the information I do appreciate that.
***Edited By: Gina on 4/5/2006 7:22:51 PM*** Reason: to add
I donít know the answer, but it wouldnít surprise me one bit if smoking is what killing her dog. You rip what you sow.
Every child knows smoking and second hand smoke is dangerous. I am sure your sister knew it too. She just chose to ignore the warning and to slowly kill herself and her dog. You canít poison your body and the body of your loved ones for years and be surprise of the result. Another 10 years of smoking and your sister can expect the same faith. The best information you can give her is information that point to all the nasty things smoking does to your body. Maybe this unfortunate situation will be a wake up call for her to quit.
Btw, Anyone who smoke around their kids should be charge with child abuse as far as I concern.
This Vet needs to take a course on Doctor/Pet Owner finesse.
A study at Colorado State University on second hand smoke showed that dogs that were exposed had a 1.6 times greater chance of getting cancer. Dogs with long noses are at risk of getting nasal cancer. For short nose dogs there are risks of getting lung cancer.
Some other effects of second hand smoke in dogs and cats are allergies.
I suspect that congenital heart problems brought on by the age of the dog. With medical treatment the dog could have a few more good years.
Your Sister sounds like a good pet owner who cares about the health of her dog. I doubt is she deliberately blowing great clouds of second hand smoke at her little dog.
I feel for the pooch Gina..I just wanted to say Hello..and give my well wishes..
I have missed you...and your posts and hearing about your gang..please reconsider..you never know..you might help some one with all this talk and diagnosis...I am clearly looking for the silver lining here..I hope he gets a water pill to help him...and he still has a long life., as long as he has a good quality that is...She isnt alone..many smoke or do other things that diresctly affects their dogs..being severly obese is killing them with kindness..but it happens all the time too...I say do what you can for the dog..and be their for your sister..if her whole world is wraped up in a poor dog..losing him will devistate her..I know you'll be a good sounding board..take care
Gina....I too am sorry to hear this. :( 10 years isn't all that old for a small breed, although I can't say I know what the average life span for a yorkie is. I hope with treatment your sister can get more happy years with her baby. Take care.
Gina, so sorry about your sister's little dog. One of my friends had a pom with congestive heart failure and they put her on lasix like Scout mentioned. It helps alot with that fluid built up. Maybe they could do that and it would help some. Hope the little dog gets better.