We have just lost our beautiful girl maymay, I am absolutely devastated and missing her terribly. Maymay was a rescue dog, we had her for 2 and a half wonderful years, when we first got maymay she was quite aggressive, the lady we got her from said she was not allowed any toys and she was possessive over her bed and bowl, with a lot of love and kindness maymay soon changed she had a pile of toys which she loved to throw around and tempt u to get it away from her, she loved her touring caravan and would often just sit in it and refuse to come. She was a absolute joy to have never a dog always my baby, she use to sit on my lap and throw herself back so I cradled her like a baby, she loved to sing. She had just recently started to cough like she had a bit of food stuck, and walks she use to enjoy were becoming slower, but she still seemed full of herself. My husband was coming to meet me from work on the bus, she was loving the journey sitting on his lap looking out of the window when she suddenly let out a cry and died in his arms he tried desperately to bring her back but she had gone, it has torn our world apart. She is being cremated so that she wIll always be here with us. Love her and miss her so very much sleep well my precious girl. Xxxx
We have a 9 year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Oliver, who is so sweet. I took him in a month ago to my vet who I trust and she said he does have a heart murmur, but not serious, and heart sounds good. This past week I took him in for a dental procedure and before she did it, because of his murmur she suggested x-rays and echo which of course i agreed to, after the surgery was told that he is in a dire state, very bad valvular disease, no heart murmur yet. We are in the process of researching the possibility of any experimental surgeries that could be done to help him. From what I understand as of now, basically it is a disease that cannot be stopped, and that even WITH medicine, it all depends on the dog. Death can occur at any time, especially once reaching the stage of heart failure, which itself can occur at any time. Oliver right now does not seem comfortable, but he has yet to start the medication until blood pressure test comes back to see if he is a candidate. I am wavering between having him euthanized now, before he suffers too much (he has a hard time walking, but he seems to get such joy to be with the family that I do not want to take away that from him. I will post about any experimental surgeries that my vet is researching for us, we live in Suffolk County, Long Island...For the first writer in this topic, it seems that no matter what one does, this disease progresses at an unpredictable rate, with varying symptoms that sometimes can be disguised. Now that I think about it, Oliver has been coughing from time to time, but I thought it was because he is a bit overweight, sometimes it seems as if he is choking. I am just trying to process this all now, but I don't think it is helpful to self-blame. Please be gentle with yourselves.
I know exactly how you feel. My Cav is 6 also and was diagnosed last year with MVP which will progress to heart failure. He's been coughing for about 6 mos now, but he's on medication to help with his symptoms. The doctors at the University of Florida say he has about one year to live, but I'm hoping for more. What I'm doing now is giving him the best life I can. He loves car rides, the pool and long walks. He gets lots of these things.
It seems to me that the vet you took your dog to should have known that your dog was suffering from MVP - a condition that is strongly associated with this breed. The whole situation is heartbreaking. I've been online trying to find a vet surgeon who does the valve repair operation, but have had no luck.
Hi my name is Graham and my wife is Janice we live in Australia and we know your pain as we lost our precious boy Basil on Saturday 21/11/2015 he was 9 years and 4 months old. I have been searching the net to find others like us who lose there pet Cavalier as I was greasing so much and was blaming myself that he died, even though everyone has been telling me that it was not my fault it was his time to go and I done everything I could for him.
Basil was a pretty healthy dog except for when he was a puppy he jumped of the bed and hurt his knee and had to have an operation to fix it.
Basil's vet of 9 years told us when he turned 7 that he could hear a slight Murmur in his heart and said to try and keep his wait down to stop pressure on his joints and heart, he weight was 14 kg, when basil was 8 his weight was down to 13 kg and a 9, 12 kg, the time he died 11 kg, so we were doing what we were told, Cavaliers love there food, walks, cars and cuddles.
Basil developed a cough about a year ago aged 8 and we took him to the vets but could not find what was causing it, the cough became worse over the next year especially at night, about 3 weeks ago after we returned from a walk that he love to go on, he was panting harder then usual and all of a sudden started to wobble so I rushed him to the vet, Basil didn't move around in the car as he usual did but just sat there panting hard, when the vet looked at him he could not find anything wrong only that his heart was betting faster then usual so he gave him a small sedative and he settled down.
After that Basil looked ok he was doing his usual thing except he couldn't walk as far anymore he just want to return home and I noticed him grazing on grass more often, his cough wasn't getting better so we decided to get a second a pinion at the animal teaching hospital at Camden where there were specialist.
The vets there done X-rays and other examination they found his heart was enlarged and also the valve but his lungs were clear of fluid, the vet sent him home with tablet and medicine for his cough but died 3 days later.
On the Saturday of his death in the morning basil didn't want to go for his usual walk and he never not wanted to go this was unusual, he ate some food that day but he was unusually fussy, that night prior to me going to bed he vomited and I just thought he was a little sick as he had vomited before the same and was ok, I felt I should have taken him to the vet however I didn't know of any opened after hours, Basil came up on the bed at about 10pm as he always done during the night, that was Basil up and down on the bed when he felt like it, at 3am Sunday as I was getting up for work I notice our boy not moving, he was dead and there was more vomit on the floor, it looked like after he vomited that his heart failed.
We were devastated of the lose of our child and best mate and I couldn't even handle going to work. We had him cremated and he is now back with us but not the way we would like him to be, as I have said Basil will be so missed as he was our child because we couldn't have children.
I'm so sad that everyone's stories are so similar. I just lost my Tuck 2 days ago, 12/21/15. He was 9 years 3 months old, and after reading and crying over all the pain people are going through, at least I feel a sense of relating to everybody, that it's not just me. After researching the breed I made sure to ask the breeder about Tucks parents, and was told that neither had any indication of heart disease according to their vet. Tuck was checked by my vet as soon as I got him home at 4 months of age. He didn't have a murmur and was clear through every vet check we had. He was diagnosed, after xrays, with hip dysplasia after the symptoms that go along with that showed up. He has been on Rimadyl for years to help with the stiffness and arthritis. Even though he was slowing down as he got older, he was still getting around well, and was able to do all that was asked of him as far as helping me get along with my day to day needs. He has been my service dog for 7 years as I have MS, and did everything happily with tail wagging and beautiful eyes staring lovingly up at me. Their eyes are so expressive, and he literally looked at me as if to say "I love you so much!" I've never owned a dog like him, always my constant companion always sweet, always my little happy shadow. The devotion he had to me, and I for him actually made my kids jealous. I had him at the vet 6 months ago, still no heart problems, BUT as so many people have pointed out, it seems like one minute they're fine, and then they are not. He vomited the day before he passed, was panting a little, but has never had a cough. He didn't want to go out to potty and started to have trouble getting up. I chalked it up to his arthritis at the time, and carried him outside so he didn't have to walk too far. At 5 am he vomited clear liquid, and since I'm not near a 24 hour clinic I was waiting for my vet to open at 8. I slept next to him all night as he was restless and panting harder. At around 7am I left him to shower, and was back within 20 minutes. When I walked into my room he looked at me, wagged his tail and his tongue turned blue. I ran to him, checked his gums, which were very pale, and he was wet around his mouth. I put him on my lap and felt his heart stop. The vet said it was sudden onset CHF, and that his lungs had filled up within hours. It all happened so quickly, he was wagging his tail one second, and then he was just gone. I'm devastated right now, I don't know what to do, I can't even think straight. He was my heart, and now I am shattered. I know he waited for me to get back to him before he died, and that is giving me comfort that he wasn't alone. But the hole he has left in my heart is almost unbearable right now. I will love and miss him til I see him again..sleep tight my boy, best dog ever, you are pain free now.
I feel everyones pain right now. Had to have my boy put to sleep last night. He was diagnosed with heart probs in April and put on Vetmedin and Frusomide and was like a 2 year old until 2 week ago. He was 12 years old. He became off colour about 2 weeks ago with upset stomach,and was listless but was eating and drinking until 3 days ago.Took him to our own vet a week ago who thought he had picked up an infection. He gave him anti infammatory and anti biotics. He seemed to pick up a bit. Took him to emergency vets on Saturday as he was "vacant". He became so ill that we had to make the decision to let him go. How do you ever cope with that kind of pain. Its like someone has torn my heart out.
I just wanted to leave a post here as my Cavalier is currently at the vet under observation with this horrible heart problem. She has a murmur but has been on medication for it. She has been off her food for a couple of days, barely eating anything, but drinking lots and lots! Her stomach has also been making a very strange gurgling noise when she is lying down. Today I felt her sides and they were extremely swollen. I took her down to the vet for an emergency appointment and he has since explained that she had a build up of fluid around her organs (basically what the medication tries to stop happening) and that gurgling sounds is the liquid. He has managed to drain 12ml of liquid easily (but doesn't want to do any more incase the body goes into shock!) and has given her diuretics in the hope she can urinate the next lot out within four hours. Then he will up her meds to prevent this happening again.
Please can everyone keep their fingers crossed she makes a full recovery for us. She is 10 years old but still plenty of life in her!
Please can anyone with a dog having these symptoms seek a vets advice ASAP and hopefully it can be caught in time!
I am sorry to hear I have 12 year old cavalier who will b 13 in August he recently has this horrible cough which is worse late at night Our vet has just given us heart tablets twice a day and a tablet at night for any fluid Not sure if it is working He seems happy in himself eats enjoys going for slow runs in park. Our other cavalier who is 9 looks out for him