I have a 3 year old rat terrier and just found out he has an enlarged heart. Since the heart is so enlarged it's pressing against everything. He can't keep hardly any food down and has problems breathing. I took him to the vet and all they did was put him on heart medication. when i took him to the vet he weighed 8.3 pounds. I had to take him 2 days later and he weighed 8 pounds. I don't want to put him to sleep but I also don't want to see him starve. Has anyone else ever had this problem?? any suggestions on what to do?
While I am not a vet, I would think that maybe the heart medication is doing its job. When the heart is not functioning correctly, it does not pump hard enough to rid the body of the excess fluid. The heart medication may be helping the dogs body to rid itself of the excess fluid, thus helping the heart to function a little easier.
What did the vet say about the weight loss?
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thank you for your response. i took my baby to his regular vet (who was out of town for a while) and unfortunately I had to put him to sleep. His heart was very large and was having trouble alot of trouble breathing, and still couldn't swallow anything. We tried everything we could think of to help him and nothing worked.
my pup wasnt 4 months old when he died of a heart attack he had an enlarged heart and died on the 15th july this year. i had no chance to get any medication because no body knew about his enlarged heart, we are all shocked. he was a happy pup at lunch time when i come home he was on my backdoor step. we miss him greatly. the vets said it was uncommon for this to happen, he was only at the vets last saturday getting his needles and still no signs that with in a week he would die. i hope the medication does work for your dog i wish i got the chance to try something for my pup coz i would have done anything to still have him here. but the vet did say he would have had complications when he got older, and he would have died.
Our beloved Shih-Tzu , Wickett. was diagnosed Wed with an enlarged heart and was told no edema so should live 1-2 more yrs. She was fine except for a hacking cough. This morning after a long night of hard breathing, she died. It was a great shock to us.
WATCH FOR UNEXPECTED SALT IN DIET! ... My Sheltie, Tigger, had an enlarged heart. The vet said it was the largest he had ever seen, but that she was going strong b/c she had been so well-exercised and cared for. She was put on meds which helped, but I did not realize that the PEANUT BUTTER that I was using to give her the pills had SO MUCH SODIUM.
Sodium in the diet makes the heart condition worse, b/c it contributes to the water buildup in the body. Be careful to check your dog's food for sodium content, and use natural peanut butter (if you must use it at all). Most dog foods are low sodium, but call the food manufacturer w/ any questions.
If you give your dog any human food, even small tastes of yours, be sure to cut salt and sodium out of the food you make for yourself. It's actually rather easy once you start, but watch for hidden sodium in pre-made human food ("Low Sodium" doesn't mean it's really low enough for your small dog). Lunch meats, fries, chips, pretzels, pre-cooked anything, bacon, canned foods, frozen dinners, and other pre-made foods are terrible for sodium content. Fast food is also usually pretty bad. SEASONING MIXES and similar spice pre-mixed combinations are usually VERY bad on sodium; check your specific packaging.
Treat your dog like you are treating a severely ill human heart patient, and monitor EVERY BITE of their diet.
Check with your vet for your specific situation, but usually fat content is kind of irrelevant at this point-- only sodium is important. You can still spoil with seasonings and flavor, instead of using salt or sodium. Again, your dog is terminally ill now, and deserves a lot of spoiling, but nothing that will make the existing problems worse. Check with your vet to be sure.
I'm afraid the diagnosis means you will very soon be having to make that horrible choice. I'm glad I had time to pamper my girl with specially cooked meals every day (always rice with some kind of meat and a little veggies), and to give her some more good days before she left; but PLEASE don't let it go on too long, as it's not merciful on the dog. We were VERY lucky to find a good vet that gave us his home phone # for weekend issues and came to our home to put her down (she got car sick all the time, and going to him would have made terrible matters worse). Our Tigger let us know when she was ready by refusing medications, food, and drink, but yours might not be that able to reason and/or communicate.
Dog heart specialists are very expensive, and in this kind of a situation can probably do little good.