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Prayers for Mattie (our Boxer) at the cardiologist tomorrow, please...

post #1 of 25
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Mattie has a heart condition (aortic stenosis) and until this weekend, you'd never know it- she has been right as rain. But Saturday, she had (what I call) a "falling out" spell (the cardiologist nurse called it something else, I can't remember- it's late...) where she collapsed for a few minutes, and it took her about an hour to totally get over it (gums stayed pink, however).
Tomorrow we have an appointment with the cardiologist to make sure that she is okay, and have her reevaluated (she was doing great in Nov.).

We also found out that she has a mild load of heartworms back in Nov. (had 2 false negative hw tests since we had her, and has been on hw meds the entire time we have had her) that we are waiting out (they take about 2 years to die off) because of her heart and thyroid condition. I am hoping that it was just the heartworms dying off that caused the problem, and that that will be it.

Prayers for a good report would be greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 25
You have my prayers and thoughts!!! Please keep us posted on her progress!!
post #3 of 25
Lots of )))vibes((( for Mattie.
post #4 of 25
Oh! I hope she is ok. I will definately send vibes her way.
post #5 of 25
I hope she will be OK. Good luck today at the specialist.
post #6 of 25
Many prayers for Mattie, good luck at the Vets.
post #7 of 25
Many prayers for Mattie! Please let us know how she does!
post #8 of 25
Prayers and vibes for Mattie and for you
post #9 of 25
I'm sending lots of prayers to Mattie. I hope everything turns out all right.
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much everyone! Her appointment is right after lunch- I'll let you know how it goes!
post #11 of 25
Any news yet?
post #12 of 25
Prayers and {{{{{Healthy Heart Vibes}}}}} to Mattie!!
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well, we're back, and the news is not good . The walls of her heart have thickened considerably (much more than her cardiologist expected) and she has started a second heart med. If she gets to coughing, we get to add lasix to her meds. She changed her prognosis from a normal lifespan to (hopefully) a lifespan of 5-7 years, but it is possible that she might not make it more than a year if her heart continues to deteriorate at this rate.
I am so disappointed- but when we adopted her, we knew it could happen, and were prepared (as one can be) for hearing bad news. It's just a little shocking since she was doing so exceptionally well 9 months ago.

She is such a good girl (even her cardiologist said today that boxers are sweet dogs, but Mattie is the sweetest one she has met). My dh did remind me today that even if she doesn't make it a year, she has had a really good life, so much better than if we didn't take her in from the humane society (our pets are loved and spoiled ) and she has had a great time playing with our daughter, sleeping on the couch, and being buffed by the cats.

If you think of her, please pray that this new med works. Thanks everyone.

post #14 of 25
I am sorry to hear the news wasnt "good" news!!! I will keep Mattie in my thoughts and prayers. I hope this med will help her out!!
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much! I am hoping and praying for the best...
post #16 of 25
Thoughts and prayers. she is so cute.
post #17 of 25
I'm so sorry. My prayers are with you.
post #18 of 25
I was so hoping the news would be better, and am praying that the new mediine will make a differences. I have a soft spot in my heart for Boxers since my first dog was a Boxer.
post #19 of 25
Bless her!! I will definitely keep her in my prayers! Do ask your vet about a combo of prednisone .5mg and doxycycline (probably 500mg for her size)- that might help her!!!
post #20 of 25
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Thanks Nikki- she did give her a new med, let's see...Benajopnil? Benajopril? Hmmm...can't read the writing...20 mg. I think there are certain meds they can and can't use with her heart condition, but thanks for the suggestion- I'll ask when I talk to them . She's already on atenolol and Soloxine. My word- between me (at least 8 different meds a day), Mattie (now 3 different meds a day) and Bird (thyroid med), we are a (legal!) pill popping family And none of them are the good stuff even-lol Good grief!
post #21 of 25
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Thanks Nikki- she did give her a new med, let's see...Benajopnil? Benajopril? Hmmm...can't read the writing...20 mg. I think there are certain meds they can and can't use with her heart condition, but thanks for the suggestion- I'll ask when I talk to them . She's already on atenolol and Soloxine. My word- between me (at least 8 different meds a day), Mattie (now 3 different meds a day) and Bird (thyroid med), we are a (legal!) pill popping family And none of them are the good stuff even-lol Good grief!
bless their hearts!! at the shelter we use the prednisone /doxycycline combination when we during a dogs heartworm treatment. the pred. helps the coughing/inflamation and the doxycycline helps ward off infections while they're weak. Since your pup can not be treated for heartworms right now- those meds might help manage some of her symptoms without hurting her heart hopefully your vet can tell you for sure though!
post #22 of 25
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Oh, I forgot to mention - the cardiologist said that the heartworms should be long gone by now, so, fortunately or unfortunately, they aren't the problem...warding off congestive heart failure as long as possible is what we are aiming for now...then we will add lasitx...and I googled it- the new med is Benazepril .
post #23 of 25
Poor girl! I am sorry you got bad news, but she is loved and that will make all the difference!
post #24 of 25
Oh Andee Im sorry to read this. Shes such a beautiful girl and that pic is just precious. I will continue to keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

I love boxers! When I was growing up, we had a little sweetie boxer girl named Dutches and I have LOVED them since I had her. They are such gentle dogs.
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much . At least she doesn't have a clue- she's just as happy as ever .
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