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Hi, I have a 2 year old labradoodle that is having severe health problems. 5 weeks ago he went into congestive heart failure, he was medicated and had some fluids drained to relieve some pressure on his heart. 5 Ultrasounds later, heart meds and diuretics as well as antibiotics have not found, let alone fixed the problem. The vets feel that his heart problems was secondary and that the fluid build up created the heart problems, only problem is, they don' know why the fluids are building. Last week he had 2 1/2 litres of fluid removed from his abdomen, though they left his chest fluids alone, but the fluid has built back up again.

Has anyone had anything even remotely similar?

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Nothing similar in dogs but in my brother it was malfunctioning heart..once it was repaired he hasn't had the problem.

Maybe someone else has heard of a similar thing... :idea: :?: :!: :?:
 

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in humans I have only heard of the fluid being secondary to the heart problems. I strongly suggest a second opinion or a specialist - your vet can probably provide you with both. Good luck to you and BIG PRAYERS for your baby. I would contact the breeder and let her know as well.
 

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I strongly suggest a second opinion or a specialist - your vet can probably provide you with both. Good luck to you and BIG PRAYERS for your baby. I would contact the breeder and let her know as well.
I agree
 

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annabelles mom said:
movistar said:
I strongly suggest a second opinion or a specialist - your vet can probably provide you with both. Good luck to you and BIG PRAYERS for your baby. I would contact the breeder and let her know as well.
I agree
i am in agreement as well.

hang in ther and will say prayers for both of you
 

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Oh, Cate, I am so sorry. Nothing worse than a worry like this...I pray that your baby will be well and that the vets will find the cause.
 

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I had a cocker that had congestive heart failure for 8 years. As long as he was on his meds (and we watched his weight like a hawk), he did pretty good. But with that being said, we could control his problem with meds.

I agree with the others. Get another opinion or talk to your vet about a specialist.

Prayers to you! /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\!!!!!
 

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A friend of mone was once told by a vet there was nothing they could for her dog when ill, she didn't take no for an answer and called the vetinary medical school and spoke to someone much more advanced in their fields and her dog was saved and lived on to old age..... ou could perhaps try that if you are not happy with what the vet says, a second opinion would never hurt in such a situation. :(

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I ALWAYS would go for a second opinion. I don't know what resources you have in Vancouver--I'm you sure you have some excellent choices. Here in Northern CA, we have one of the nation's highest rated veteranarian hospitals at UC Davis. It takes months to get a regular appointment (at least from my experience) but I would go there in a heartbeat for an emergency second opinion which your pup would qualify for.
 

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Hi Cate
I had sent you a pm and did not hear from you
so I am wondering if you received it and if there are
any updates???


Fellow BCer
 

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Hi Sue, I don't see a PM anywhere in either of my e-mail accounts? Can you resend it to [email protected]...

Cate

PS No change in Chase my doodle, his fluids remain leaving him easily tired and breathing difficult. I have had him in my family vet to start then moved him over to the critical care vet where he met for 2 weeks with the hospitalist then moved over to the internist. He has had the same radiologist at the critical care vets for continuity of x-rays and ultrasounds and I have asked then to do a CT. I also had a consult with a surgen

He has seen 4 vets now but want him to see a older vet, someone who has been practiceing for more then 30 years.
 

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The PM would show up on this forum. Up at the top of the page, there should be a link that says "You have 1 new message" click that and you will be able to read it.
 

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So sorry to hear about your Chase I do agree contact the breeder even if he is two most will still want to know there is a problem with one of their doodles especially if this turns out to be genectic they really need to know so they can take action if they are still breeding the parents.

Keep us posted and let us know when they find the cause. Prayes and hugs to you and Chase.
 
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Cate, so sorry to hear about your health issues. Prayers and hugs and keep us posted. If he is diagnosed with a heart condition, you will probably need a low sodium dog food. I read that Merrick and Solid gold are good brands to try.
 

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I am heart broken to report that Chase passed away last week at 28 months old. After 6 ultra sounds, and a few x-rays their best guess was it was a cancer around his heart and the congestive heart failure was secondary. He started with slightly elevated breathing and fluid build up in his chest cavity and stomach. I had the fluids drained 4 or 5 times but it gets to a point where that is going to create its own problems. From there he started to lose weight and muscle. The last few weeks he was very weak needing to be lifted in to the car then eventfully up any stairs. He was in congestive heart failure when he went. The vets felt it was a unique problem and because I got him from the pound I don't know the breeders. His history was he came from a home in Sardis, BC - was given to the Chilliwack pound who transferred him down to Vancouver. He was 10 months at the time. I started to notice his breathing was different around May just before he was to turn two. From there is progresses slowly, then speeded up and he was gone in less then 6 months. I wanted to upload a picture but the system says it is too big....[/img]
 

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Oh, Cate, words are never enough to express the pain we endure at a time like this. I am so very sorry.
Please continue to try to post pictures...you can see Gene's earlier post about resizing and it has a link to Avatar. http://labradoodle-dogs.net/forums/view ... r+download
The pain you feel is in direct relation to the love and joy that Chase brought into your life. Celebrate the gift of his life, if and when you can.
I'll be thinking of you...
 
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Cate, I am so sorry. You did everything you could for Chase. Take your time and grieve. We would love to see pictures.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Please post a picture so we can all see your beautiful Chase.
 
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