Hi there Just joined this as trying to make sense of the unexpected death of my darling cavalier, Boo on Thursday the 21st. I cant seem to come to terms with this and I'm not sure if its part of the grieving process but I seem to be looking for someone to blame for this!? Please give your thoughts and you can be honest if you think I should just accept its happened and just remember all the years and good times we had.
Last Friday, Boo started coughing (and didn't stop) so I took her straight to the vets. Her breathing was heavy and it looked painful. By the time we got to the vets, she had stopped coughing but was still panting heavily. The vet examined her, her temp was "the high side of normal, the left valve in her heart wasn't working properly and was probably the onset of heart failure, her glands were up which might be the heart failure or possibly cancer" Boo did start coughing again on the table. So given the prognosis, she sent us away with some antibiotics, as it might not be heart failure or cancer, so she would treat any infection first.
We left, assuming everything was under control. Her coughing stopped shortly afterwards, but her breathing was laboured for 2 days, although getting better everyday. After about 3 days, she seemed more like herself, no heavy-breathing, no coughing and she was a bit livelier and eating again. On Thursday, she was fast asleep on her bed, she got up, walked half way across the lounge, collapsed, couldn't stand up now matter how hard she tried, I picked her up (she urinated and I knew what that meant), I cuddled her and told her how much I loved her as she lay there dying, struggling to breath, her tongue pale and her eyes vacant. She was only 6 years old, and the heart of our family. Anyone on this website will understand how we felt.
Having looked online, it seems she died of heart failure. I haven't had an autopsy done, because I just cant bear the thought of her being cut open. I have phoned the vet today and she is phoning back tomorrow to discuss the matter. I am sure that I will not hear that it was her fault and perhaps she should have given her medication for her heart, I doubt she will take any blame whatsoever. Actually all I do want to know is that the next time someone takes a pet into the surgery with coughing/heavy breathing and a leaking left side heart valve, that they are treated for that, rather than with antibiotics!! Whatever happens will not bring Boo back, but am I right to question the vet?
Let me know your thoughts please, would be much appreciated
I am deeply sorry for your loss. It is always hard to come to terms with the loss of a canine companion. At least you did have some idea of what was going on with your dog before she died. It's harder to accept when it is without reason or not expected.
I can't know what was discussed between you and your Veterinarian, but I suspect that you were given treatment options, you were advised of the prognosis and based on cost as a factor, perhaps all the Vet. could offer was a consult and some antibiotics in the very slight hope that it would help by keeping the affected valve clear of infection.
I am not a Veterinarian nor do I need to be one to know that based on what you have shared, it sounds like your dog had a heart valve condition that quickly worsened. Coughing means that blood was not effectively pumped out of the lungs and was pooling. Your Vet advised you she could hear a murmur. I suspect that if the seal was so deteriorated as to allow pooling in the lungs, the palpable thrill of rushing blood around the valve could be clearly heard. If I had been given information like what you describe and my Vet could do nothing to correct or improve the situation, I would have requested an emergency referral to a Cardiologist. If for no other reason than to have a clear understanding of what the problem was and what options for treatment were available. It may well be that in your case options were limited and the condition had deteriorated beyond any hope of recovery. But I would have had a clear picture, and I would have been the one to decide how far to go or how long to treat.
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I am very sorry for your loss. You must be devastated to lose her so young.
I have a few different things running through my head. Without being there during the exam to witness what was done, and what treatment options were given, it would not be just for me to say a word.
All I can say w/o a doubt is that Cavaliers are prone to heart issues. It is a HUGE problem within the breed. One that responsible and dedicated fanciers of the breed are trying to eradicate and your dog did not develop the heart condition the day it started coughing. The heart had been bad for awhile. The body was doing the best it could to compensate for the malfunction, until it too, reached critical mass.
my cavalier millie is seven .In march she was diagnosed with syrengomyielia (have gone brain dead with worry as i know that spelling is wrong) she also has a lesion on her spine.A couple of weeks ago she started panting and fighting for breath. I took her to see her vet and she said she thought it may be her heart, we already knew she had a murmur, she immediately put her on vetmedin but thought she needed a heart scan, i was dead against this perhaps i didn't want any more bad news, after three visits it was decided that she would have the scan and yes it was bad news she has heart failure, but my vet who i must say is the best i've ever seen has added frusamide as well,she has also put her back on gabapentin for the lesion in her spine. two days later she is the old millie although she sleeps a lot,but that horrible heavy breathing is gone and the pain is gone because of the gabapentin. I know i am going to lose her one day ,she has always been a sickly dog since i was blessed with her ( i have two other dogs and neither has had to go to the vet except for jabs) but the thought of her not being in my life is more than i can bear, so for the time being i am going to enjoy her and when the time comes i will remember the joy she brought to my life. My sister once said "why have three dogs they're not like children they never grow up they always need looking after,but i said that,s what we children who have grown up are here for, its the little ones who need us for the short time they are here.
My 8 ˝ year Blenheim cavalier, Arabella, died this week of congestive heart failure. Last year, a different vet mentioned a heart murmur – I asked if it was serious and if there was anything we could do for it, and she said no. At 1AM, Arabella was restless and unable to sleep. Her breathing was rapid. Her eyes seemed vacant and distant. At 3AM, I let her outside. She just sat in the plants in the rain and I had to carry her inside. She was clearly in distress, but where we live, there is no emergency vet nearby, so I planned on taking her to the vet first thing in the morning. At 6am when I checked on her, she was dead.
It turns out the vet had done a Pro-BNP test last year and the test showed a result suspicious for cardiac disease – result was 958 and 900-1800 is suspicious for existing heart disease. Another vet told me they won’t treat the dog unless they exhibit symptoms: coughing, breathing rapidly, panting while sleeping.
The vet never warned me to be careful and limit the dog’s exercise. The Vet was treating the dog with antibiotics for bacteria in her lip fold – supposedly a problem because of the lip fold. I new read that gum disease and drooling are symptoms of heart disease, but my Vet never mentioned this. My dog has always snored and had heavy breathing, typical brachycephalic symptoms you see in these flat-nosed breeds, but my Vet never asked me about this or suggested this was abnormal (it had been getting worse – probably related to the heart disease). Recently, we heard gurgling sounds in the dog’s abdomen. We assumed she had an upset stomach – this was all the fluid building up in her lungs.
It is heart breaking to read that many dogs live full lives on medication. My dog also had seizures, which started at age 4, and almost died of pancreatitis at age 6. We have been so worried about these other problems, when we should have been worried about her heart. The autopsy showed all the organs were fine except the heart was enlarged to twice its size and the lungs were filled with fluid.
My dog died prematurely, and I hope that any one who has a cavalier king charles spaniel with a heart murmur asks the Vet to do the Pro-BNP test and discuss what symptoms you should be looking for. I hope this will help extend the life of your pet.
hi. my name is Alja and I come from Slovenia. 1. i am deeply sorry about Boo, Arabella and Millie. 2. three years ago my mom bought me an album The Dog with dog photos in it. that is where I first saw this breed and my family and I fell in love with it. we found a good breeder and on 14th of September a Cavalier named Limbo came into our lives, only 12 weeks old. 2 days ago we went for a walk. the road we walked on was steep and there was no deep snow or anything. we were throwing him snowballs so that he could catch them. he was happy, running around, barking as usual. after some time we put him on the leash, because of the cars. suddenly, he yelped and we checked his paws but everything looked ok. he became playful again. then we went back to the car. we went to a restaurant where dogs weren't allowed so we left him in the car with water, food and blanket. after we ordered I went back to the car to check on him. (everytime I unlocked the car when he was already in it, he jumped on the front seat to see who came to him- but not this time.) I unlocked the car, but he didn't even turn around. I called his name but he didn't respond. I lifted him and put him in my lap. his eyes were closed and his breathing was really shallow and quiet. when I put him on the seat his legs couldn't hold him anymore and he collapsed. (this has happened twice before, he coulnd't move his back legs, but the Vet said that he was just tired from the walk). we went home and put him on the couch. we called the Vet and told him about all the simptoms, and again he said that he was probably just tired and that we should cover him with a blanket. we kept him warm and he started to snore. we supposed that was a good thing, he was sleeping. but then he stopped swallowing saliva. it just flew from his muzzle. after a moment his body shook for about 5 times, his eyes were open wide. we started to panic. it was Sunday and the closest Vet was 20 minutes away. we called the Vet and told him we were coming. on the way there, I was holding my Limbo, still wraped in that blanket. I could no longer feel his heartbeat and I didn't feel or hear his breathing. we arrived to the ambulance but the Vet called us and told us that he was still at home, and will come in 15 minutes. we waited in agony and when the Vet came, he told us that Limbo died of a heart stroke. He was only three years old and we never saw that one coming. he was so alive and playful 2 hours before that and then he just died.
I NO THIS WAS 2YRS AGO HOWEVER I FEEL COMPELLED TO REPLY
MY POM WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE CUSHINGS DISEASE , ID WENT TO 1 VET FOR 8 YRS SHE HAD MISDIAGNOSED HER A FEW X & IGNORED THE POSSIBLE CUSHINGS SHE HAD BEEN PANTING FOR A FEW YRS HEAVY & I DECIDED TO SWITCH THE NEW VET SAID FOR 10 YRS SHE HAD GREAT HEART & LUNGS & WLD TEST HER FOR CUSHINGS HAD SYMPYTOMS CUSHINGS IS 200/400 TO TEST & THATS JUST THE BEGINING OF EXPENSE SO I SAID I HAD TO GET SM MONEY THIS IS FEB 2012 SHE HAD JUST TURNED 10 AT THIS VISIT
WELL BY EARLY MAY SHE STARTED COUGHING REAL BAD & MY OLD VET WAS REAL CLOSE TO MY HOUSE SO I TOOK HER THERE , SHE SAID IT WAS HER COLLAPSING TRACHEA SHE;S HAD IT ALL HER LIKE & I DISAGREED BECAUSE EVEN DURING A TRACHEA CRISIS SHE NMEVER COUGHED THIS WAS DIFFRENBT z& I SAID MAYBE IT WAS KENNEL COUGH SO SHE GAVE HER ANTIBIOTICS ???
SHE DID NOT GET BETTER SO I CALLED VET AGAIN & MY VET WAS OUT SO I WENT TO ANOTHER CLINIC THAT THEY OWNED & WAS MUCH HAPPIER WITH THIS VET & IVE REMAINED WITH HER SO BY AUGUST STILL COUGHING REAL BAD HER LYMPH GLANDES WERE REAL SWOLLEN HI TEMP ECT BETWEEN AUG & OCTOBER 2012 SHE WAS ON 5 ROUNDS OF ANTIBIOTICS DUE TO GLANDS & IFECTION SM PLACE IN HER BODY & SHE ALSO WAS GIVEN HYDROCODONE COUGH SYRUP WHICH HELPED ALOT
HOWEVER BY OCTOBER MY NEW VET TOLD ME SHE CLD HEAR A GRADE 4 HEART MURMER OUT OF 6 BAD & RT SIDE & LEFT SIDE HEART FAILURE & THAT KIZZY HAD AN ENLARGED HEART THAT WAS PRESSING ON HER TRACHEA CAUSING THE COUGH IN PART & OTHER PART CAUSING IT WAS THE CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE FLUID BACKING UP IN HER HEART & LUNGS W/ OUT MEDICINE THEY WILL DROWN IN THEIR OWN FLUIDS
SO IF I HAD LISTED TO EITHER OF THE 1ST 2 VETS SHE WLD OF DIED ALREADY SM X YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN YOURR SELD & SPEAK UP & GO FOR A 2ND OR 3RD OPINION
SO SINCE OCTOBER KIZZY HAS BEEN ON LASIX A DIURETIC PULLS FLUID FROM BODY & THAT WAS LIKE A MIRACLE STOPED MOST OF HER COUGH LASIX IS CHEAP ABOUT .12 CENTS A TABLET AT WALGREENS ITS 16.00 FOR 120 TABS & SHE ALSO HAS THE HYROCODONE COUGH SYRUP ONLY AS NEEDED
SHE STARTED A NEW CARDIAC DRUG PEMOBENDAN IN JANUARY ANOTHER MIRACLE KIZZY A POM 12 YRS OLD FEB 2013 , IS ON PEMOBENDAN 5MG 2X DAY COUGH SYRUP AS NEEDED & 20 MG LASIX 2X DAY SHE WEIGHS 19.5 OZ RT NOW SHE IS IN A CHF CRISIS GAINED A POUND OVER NITE THATS FLUID BACKING UP YOU MUST WEIEGH THEM DAILY W/ HEART FAILURE BECAUSE A WT GAIN MEANS A CRISIS SHE ALSO TAKES METACAM FOR ATHRITIS
PS WEN A DOG WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE COUGHS IT SOUNDS TERRIBLE & CAN LAST SEVERAL SECONDS & THEY USUALL ACT LIKE THEY ARE GONNA THROW UP BUT DONT HAVE ANY THING COME UP & THEY COUGH WEN DRINKING WATER IF YOUR DOG IS ON LASIX THEY MUST HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AT ALL TIMES KIZZY CAN DRINK 4/5 OZ OF WATER AT 1 TIME IT DEHYRATES THEM & W/ OUT WATER TO DRINK IT WILL RUIN THEIR KIDNEYS
& IT FLUSHES OUT SODIEM LEVELS & ALSO FLUSHES POTASSIUM & IF POTASSIUM IS TOO LOW OR TO HI THE HEART WILL STOP
SO WEN ON A DIURETIC LIKE LASIX THEY MUST HAVE A BLOOD TEST EVERY 3 MONTHS TO LOOK AT THESE LEVELS & KIDNEY FUNCTION ABOUT 60 DOLLARS I LIVE IN TX NEAR FT WORTH A VET OFFICE VISIT COST 42 DOLLARS
OVER EASTER WEEK END 2013 WEN SHE IS HAVE A 2ND CHF CRISIS IN 2 MONTHS WE KICKED UP LASIC TO EVERY 8 HOURS WAS 2X DAY
IM PONDERING WETHER I SHOULD LET HER GO SHE IS MY PRECIOUS BABY SHE IS ALSO MY SEIZURE ALERT DOG , BUT TODAY SHE JUST LAID DOWN & URINATED INSTEAD OF STANDING
THE VET TOLD ME WEN SHE DIAGNOSED HER THAT SHE'D LOSE WEIGHT TILL SHE DIED SHE WENT FROM 13 PDS TO 17 PDS B4 THIS & WE THOUGHT IT WAS CUSHINGS & THE PANTING NITE & DAY
& FROM THE HEART FAILURE DX SHE GONE FROM 17 PDS TO 19.50Z IN A FEW MONTHS FEB 18 PDS MARCH 19 PDS HER BK LEGS KNEES ARE REAL BAD SHE HAS GOTTEN SO HEAVY CANT STAND MUCH
& ALSO DOGS W/ CHF ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO GET EXCITED OR EXERSIZE OR RUN AROUND ITS TOO HARD ON HEART TO PUMP THE PEOMBENDAN OPENS VESSELS UP & RELAXES THE HEART & MAKES THEM BREATH EASIER
SHE IS ON 5 MG 2X DAY & YOU MUST GIVE IT 2X DAY W/ OUT FAIL & FOR REST OF LIKE ITS 50 DOLLARS ONLINE FOR 50 TABLETS FOR 5 MG & U BREAK EM IN HALF & THEY R CHEWABLE BIG & I CRUSH EM ADD TINY WATER PULL UP IN ORAL SYRING & PUT IN HER MOUTH
PS FOR 1MG ITS 27 ONLINE THATS THE CHEAPEST PRICES I FOUND
IF U MISS A DOSE U CAN TELL THEY WILL BREATH ALOT HARDER
I CANT EVEN SLEEP ALL NITE SHE REQUIRES SO MUCH WATER SHE CANT GET OFF BED SO I KEEP IT IN A BOWL W/ LID ON BED & THIS IS THRU THE NITE & SHE BREATHES HARD & SM X IS RESTLESSS ITS A HARD ROAD TO HOE HARD TO DECIDE IF I SHOULD LET HER GO OR NOT ??
I WISH PETS WLD PASS NATURALLY & NOT MAKE US MAKE THE DECISON TO END THEIR LIFE I AM STRUGGLING WITH THIS RT NOW WEN SHE IS RESTING QUITELY I FEEL ITS NOT TIME WEN IT HARD I FEEL IT IS MY VET SAID LAST WEEK IT WASNT TIME BUT THIS PAST WEEK AS NOT BEEN GOOD I HAVE TO CARRY HER TO POTTY & I HAVE TO GIVE MEDS AROUND THE CLOCK & ITS LIKE A DISABLED CHILD I RARELY EVER LEAVE HER AT HOME ALONE & IF I HAVE TO ONLY FOR MAX 4 HOURS
AS A SERVICE DOG SHE GOES WITH ME BUT WITH HER CONDITION SM X ITS HARD ESP ON LASIX THEY HAVE TO PEE EVERY 3 HOURS OR IT WILL RUN OUT OF THEM THEY CAN T HOLD IT SHE TRIES REAL HARD & BARKS WEN ITS URGENT IF ON MY BED
I DONT NO WHAT THE RT THING IS WEN FACING HEART FAILURE IN A DOG AT 1ST WE WERE MANAGING BUT AFTER THIS 1 LB WT GAIN SHE IS COUGHING PANTING HARD RESTLESS ECT IM GOING TO VET MONDAY I HOPE THIS HELPS SM ONE THAT HAS A DOG WITH CHF
B4 THEY START COUGHING THEYVE HAD A HEART PROBLEM FOR A WHILE ?? WHO NO'S HOW LONG MAYBE MY DOG DIDNT HAVE CUSHINGS & HAD A BAD HEART VETS KEPT MISSING ???
DOGS COUGH FROM CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE, KENNEL COUGH 2 MONTHS MAX ON THIS ILLNESS , HEART WORMS SHE WAS TESTED FOR THESE B4 DIAGNOSIS OF HEART FAILURE CHF FOR SHORT , & SM OTHER DISEASES TOO KIZZY PANTS SO MUCH AT X THE VET CANT HEAR HER HEART
IS IT TIME OR NOT IS THE QUESTION ?? I LOOK AT HER SWEET FACE & EYES SAY NO BUT THATS MY HEART SAYING THAT ????
LASIX / FURISEMIDE GENERIC NAME DIURETIC REMOVES EXCESS FLUIDS & PEMOBENDAN GENERIC NAME FOR NEW CARDIAC DRUG WILL EXTEND YOUR DOGS LIFE A FEW MONTHS TO 9 PLUS MONTHS BOTH MUST BE GIVEN EXACTLY AS DIRECTED EVERY DAY FOR LIFE OF PET W/ OUT IT CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE IS FATEL & THEY DROWN IN THEIR OWN FLUIDS TERRIBLE WAY TO GO
I WISH EVERY ONE A HAPPY EASTER 2013 & THE BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR K9 BABIES WIT HEART FAILURE !!
I know it's been awhile since the original post, but felt I wanted to add something. Also very sorry for all of your losses. I myself lost one of my Cavaliers 2 months ago to a stroke, 2 days before her 12th birthday and it has been devastating.
I'm not a breeder, but have a serious interest in the breed, and have several of them. I have been involved in them since 1997 and dearly love them. I also have several friends who are responsible breeders.
I feel like the breeder(s)should alert puppy buyers about the numerous health problems this precious breed is prone to. The breeders I know do that, but can't say for ones I don't know. However, cavaliers are very, very prone to mitral valve disease (MVD), a cardiac disorder. I saw statistics that said 95 percent of cavaliers worldwide will develop MVD at some point in their lives. More than likely a cavalier you buy or adopt will end up with MVD at some point. You pray it occurs later in their life than earlier. If they develop it at 9 or 10 years old, they have a very good chance of living a full lifespan. If they develop it earlier, there is no telling. Unfortunately, with this breed, it is just a crapshoot. Many of them pass away at 8 and 9 years old due to the heart issue. One of my previous cavaliers died at 5 years old due to heart issues, yet another one lived to be 15 years old. He had a grade 5 murmur but never went into congestive heart failure. If you can get to a veterinary cardiologist, you should take your cavalier there once a year, starting at about 3 years old. Sometimes cardiologists can detect the heart murmurs easier than regular vets can because of their specialized equipment.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I too have a Cavalier. She was diagnosed with a heart valve problem and was in heart failure. She was a grade 4 at the onset of her problem. There was a discussion in regard to putting her to sleep. We could not do it. That was three and a half years ago. She is on many medications. we have been very lucky to have her. She was diagnosed at age 6. She is now a grade 5 and you can feel the murmur without a stethoscope. I can tell she is getting worse but her heart is pumping blood through her body. Her appetite is good and she still plays sometime.
I can relate very well to your story because the identical thing happened to use with another pet. I brought her in when she was not acting right. My vet was not available so I had to see another. He gave her antibiotics. She was dead in two days. We were devastated because she was a very healthy little dog up to that point. It was a shock. I know you are going through the same thing. She died of heart failure.
Losing your pet is like losing a family member. It is very difficult to excuse a misdiagnosis that ends in death. I can confer. I will always remember our little Chien who was misdiagnosed and passed.
I know that it will not be too long and I will lose my darling Cavalier. She is ten years old. I was lucky to have found a vet that could be of help so that her life was extended. She is a Cardiologist.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I also have a friend who is grieving right now since his beloved pet dog died last day. He did not know the cause of the death since it had no sign of any sickness. I know that it's hard for your part but let time heal any wounds. My thoughts are with you.
I had a cavalier from the age of eight weeks he died suddenly last Friday (31st Jan 2014), he would have been 10 in April. His name was Teddy. A name very appropriate for him - he was more than a pet he was my shadow and a more loveable companion would be hard to find. He followed me around the house and was very demanding of my time- I loved every minute of it.
He was diagnosed with a heart murmur when he was just one year old and yet he didn't require meds until he was over nine - last September in fact. He was so full of life it was hard to accept that he had a life threatening illness. This made it all the harder to accept when he finally succumbed to his condition.
He started coughing badly on Christmas Day but only for the day. His symptoms would come and go. He was on Vetmedin, cardalis and frusemide. The latter was heavily increased to rid him of the fluid he seemed to carry suddenly.
He had a vets appointment last Friday - for a check up and scan. I didn't want to leave him there but I had to for a couple of hours. I returned to collect him and he met me with his usual waggy tail. Our vet, who is a cardiologist, explained that he had a hole where his mitral valve should be. But he prescribed him two additional meds and said Teddy could go the next day or he could live for another year. I asked what I could expect why the time came and was told that Teddy could just pass away or he would fill up with fluid and we would then have to have him euthanised. I thought I can deal with this as we still seemed to have time on our side.
I would add that while waiting for our prescription to be filled Teddy was very happy with everyone's attention - he didn't look his age, people thought he was a youngster, he was very pretty and friendly.
I brought Teddy home, he greeted my husband when he came home from work and requested his usual doggie biscuit. He ate his tea - not a large amount, as I was given him three small meals a day. He took his meds - never a problem, he thought they were sweets. He went into the garden and then settled in the lounge. His breathing was regular, no panting or coughing.
Around half seven I was lying on the floor with him, his tail wagging as usual he then came alongside me on the settee, still quiet and dozing. By five to eight he had gone. It happened in less than a minute. He made a groan, I thought firstly he was dreaming, arched his neck and passed.
My husband rang our vets practice and our cardiologist rang us back. He was as shocked as we were.
Teddy didn't suffer at the end, which I'm extremely grateful for. He was my little bear and meant the world to me. I'm devastated at our loss. I know he was happy and everyone says he had a good life with us.
We are having his ashes tomorrow and when the weather is warmer we shall scatter them in his favourite place.
I know the hurt will pass and we will remember him with a great deal of love and laughter. We are thankful for the time we had with him - I just wish he was with us still 😥
I am very sorry about the devastating loss of your beloved Cavaliers. I have a 10 yr old male who has Mitral Valve Disease with a Grade 4 murmur. If I touch his chest I can feel the vibration. He has had his yearly echocardiogram and the cardiologist has prescribed Pimobendan and Spirolactone to be added to the Enalapril he has been taking for 2 years. I am very grateful that his vet and cardiologist have diagnosed his condition and want to be proactive. However, I am concerned about adverse effects from the drugs. Has anyone had any good or bad results with these drugs?
My Cavalier, Duke, is dying of congestive heart failure right now. It's sad to behold. I was told he had a murmur several years ago but when he turned nine he became very ill. He almost died in October but has held on till now, June. He takes 8 pills a day. Lasix, phemodendan, spyralactone, and something else that I can't remember. His tummy is very bloated and he has so much trouble getting comfortable. His skin is flaky and his back bone very pronounced. I take him to the vet every month for Lasix shots as well. The vet has done everything possible, but his heart is defective. Breeders really need to be so careful. Almost everyone I know with a Cavalier has had this exact problem. The breed is wonderful and I'd hate to see people stop getting them. Duke is my sweetie and I am dreading the difficult days before me.
I am so sorry to hear your stories about the loss of your pets. Just 3 days ago we lost our beloved little cavalier king charles spaniel-Lucy. She was only 5 and would've turned 6 July 28th. This is the most painful loss of a dog I have ever dealt with because her death happened so suddenly and she was too young. After reading some of your posts about the deaths of your cavaliers, that seems to be how it happens for many who have been diagnosed with a heart murmur and went into Congestive Heart Failure. We believe it had to have been her heart because of the fact that her death happened so fast with no warning. I am now feeling guilty because our Vet never offered for us to give her the lasix or any of the other drugs that may have helped to extend her life. The only thing I ever got from the Vet was that she had a grade 2 heart murmur and she was due for her next yearly check-up this august. I was hoping we'd be able to find out if we needed to start her on meds at her next appointment, but now it is too late. I don't understand because earlier in the day, we went on a nice walk, and gave her plenty of water. She was just as normal and as happy as ever and showed no signs of sickness.
Then after we got home from the walk, she yelped and slowly walked up to the backyard. She started to act funny and she sat between a bush and a piece of lattis fence which seemed odd. Then I put her in the sink and put cold water all over her body, thinking that maybe she was overheated. Then she stared up at the ceiling with a stiff neck as if she was in pain. I tried to feed her some ice cream and she just kept it on her tongue. Then I put an aspirin under her tongue incase of a heart attack. About a half hour later, she died, and I was so upset and screaming........God, you cannot take her,Please No! She is too young and I tried to do CPR on her but all the fluids came up from her lungs so I am assuming she drowned in her own fluids due to the heart failing, like some of you said in your posts. This was such a sad, and heart wrenching experience. I was almost angry with God for taking her life so soon, but I do know that this is a hereditary problem in this breed, and I was prepared for it to happen some day, but not when she was only 5. It is just not fair.
I will never stop loving this breed and I do have 2 more---one is actually Lucy's baby so I am lucky to have a piece of her still with me. It is just so hard because I was so attached and we had a special connection. Like one of you said---she followed me around the house too and was very demanding of my attention but I loved it and I loved that I could talk to her about anything and she was so smart and almost acted like she was going to talk back sometimes. I am happy other people understand what it feels like to lose a pet, especially when it happens so unexpectedly. It is not fair that they have bad hearts. I hope someone finds a way to get it out of this breed sometime soon. It is not fair to end a life so early, and these dogs are so sweet and joyful. I hope they are all being taken care of in heaven by King Charles II. We are really having a tough time dealing with this loss and I feel for all of you who are going through this too. It is such a hard thing, but if you have a faith, you must think that you will someday be reunited with your best friend again in Heaven. I believe God will make sure that everything that gave us joy in life will be in heaven, waiting for us so that we can be with them forever, without suffering or pain.
I am in agonizing pain because I lost my precious cavalier Boomer 2 weeks ago from congestive heart failure. He was 10 years old. From the stories I have read I guess I should consider myself lucky that I had 10 amazing years with him. He was a sickly dog his entire life, including having brain surgery for the chairi at age 5. He was diagnosed with chf this past august. He was on numerous medications that everyone has mentioned until his death. For the past 8 months he would cough often but other than that he was OK. He had an amazing appetite up until his final 4 days. He did tire easily so put him in the yard for potty and he was happy with that arrangement. Well 4 days before he died I brought him to the local vet because he seemed mushy and was not eating well. Because I gave him his medication with creamchease I relied on his appetite to administer his meds. It was a challenge giving him his meds but somehow I was able to do it. The local vet saw boomer immediately. He did blood work and a sonogram and told us he was probably in pain from his arthritis. Furthermore he said his heart, although enlarged, seemed OK considering chf. So he gave us pain meds and sent us home. The next day boomer was still not himself. He wasn't eating and he was just staring at his waterbowl for a long time without movement. Later in the day he all of a sudden collapsed and started shaking uncontrollably. My gut instinct was to put him in my arms. I rubbed him an told him I loved him. His eyes were vacant, he was foaming at the mouth, his tongue was out and it was blue, and he urinated on himself. This episode lasted for almost an hour. Boomer has had suffered with seizures for a few years but not only were they controlled with meds, they never lasted more than 10 seconds. I never saw anything like what just happened. Well he was still breathing after the episode but he was limp and couldn't move. We paged his local vet an rushed him in to the facility. The vet felt is was a violent seizure so he treated him with iv fluids and a shot of steroids to minimize the swelling in the brain. Boomer started to perk up and he slowly began to move. The vet suggested taking him home and giving him some TLC. Boomer had a seizure specialist and cardiologist in long island so my plan was to bring him in the morning. Bare in mind this all took place easter Sunday. Also his specialists are and hour and a half from my house. So boomer slept the night soundly and he informed me he needed to do potty around 8 am Monday morning. When I brought him back in the house he collapsed two times but recovered. I was still thinking it was perhaps mini seizures. So I rushed him to long island to see his seizure specialist. I called them in the car to let them know I was concerned boomer was in bad shape. As soon as I got there they immediately put him in ICU.after a few agonizing minutes I met with the doctor. She said she believed this was a cardiac problem and informed boomers cardiologist to examine him immediately. She also told is she didn't like his breathing and put him on oxygen. So after waiting yet again I met with boomers cardiologist. He said he heard fluid in his lungs. He also said boomer was had diarrhea and it was black and he suspected boomers organs were beginning to fail. He basically told me boomer was in critical condition and he was in heart failure. He said he can try to keep him overnight to try to stabilize him but he felt he would continue to get sicker and nothing would help. I wanted to fall apart but other than tears I made the decision to put him to sleep. He was such a fighter his whole life but I just felt his poor body couldn't fight anymore. I also feared leaving him in long island and dying alone. I wanted him to be with him until his last breath. So the vet gave me time to spend with boomer before euthanzing him. When they brought him in the room he was like a ragdoll so weak and exhausted. I knew I was making the right decision. So I kissed him over and over, sang to him and kept telling him I loved him. I held him like a baby with his favorite blanky. So the vet came back in a started the process of euthanzing him. It happened quickly and I'm thankful boomer had his eyes closed and made no movements which sometimes occurs during euthenasia. It was a peaceful death. I immediately handed him over to the vet because I didn't want to remember him dead. Let me tell u I was beyond devastated. Boomer was my heart and the love of my life. What I want to know is what happened the day before his death? Was it a seizure? Was it a symptom of heart failure? I do know that the day he died when he collapsed twice I now now he was fainting not seizing. But can heart failure mimic a seizure? I know the answer won't bring back my angel but I want some answers. Please educate me. I am beyond heart broken. I know this may sound crazy but at some point soon I want another cavalier. Anyone who has this breed knows how amazing these dogs are. They are angels. I just plan to do a lot of research on the breeders and of course the parents and puppies. Boomer was bought at a store. It was my first dog and I was uneducated. No doggy will ever replace my baby boy boomer but I know I have enough love in my heart to have another cavalier. Thank u for reading my story.
You have to read this....How two storied can be identical !!!
On June 26 we returned home from being in Europe for 10 days. The person watching our 5 year old cavalier (nanny who lives in our home, and loves the dog) told us she had been coughing the day before. She was so happy to see us. She was as perfect as can be. At 6am my wife let the dog out of her crate/bed. She did her normal stretching routine and then let our an incredible high pitch noise. She laid lifeless on our bedroom floor and she pooped and peed. I pulled her tongue out of her mouth but it was too late.....in 10 seconds our baby had died. We are beyond inconsolable. We chose no autopsy and we wanted he buried as is in a dog cemetery with no cremation. So sad our stories are identical. RIP baby dog.
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Your baby was so young. I'm certainly not a vet but my hunch is that your baby had heart complications. When Boer had what I thought to be a seizure he peed on himself also. Our stories are so similar. I'm still in so much pain over my loss. I wear his ashes around my neck. He will never be replaced. Please know I understand what u are going through. They are precious angels and it is heart wrenching to lose them. I wish I could tell u it gets easier but my heart hearts every day. Hang in there. Oxox