25 February 2009

Do you have an older Bedlington with a heart condition? Digger goes on Vetmedin,.
Sally Brady wrote:
Just to let you know we are back from the Vets with Digger - the good news is that he is not ready to go anywhere yet - however sadly his heart has deteriorated significantly and he is getting fluid on his lungs - the mini fits are caused by Digger coughing due to the fluid which then raises his blood pressure further causing him to 'black out'.Peter my vet now feels we have to treat the heart condition and we are trying Digger on Vetmedin to hopefully lower his blood pressure - I would be interested to know if anyone else has experienced this drug or a condition like Diggers in their older dogs? My vet has said the drug scan be a bit of s trial and error as with people they don't always work but he believes Vetmedin is most likely to help. He has given me his direct number as we have started the meds today but have been told if they haven't appeared to have any effect by the weekend to call to discus so other treatment options and we are due back at the practice on March 11.
Thanks Sally, do you have a dog on Vetmedin and can give Sally some advice?

6 comments:

Sally said...

apologies for my spelling guys - I was in a hurry but that will teach me to read before I send!

Tina W said...

Hope the drug suits Digger and he's soon back to his old self-I haven't (touch wood) experienced this so can't help you.

big mo said...

Do not worry about spelling, I read but it does not make much difference with me, good luck to Digger.

julie o said...

good luck to digger and you are back to your old self asap

Sally said...

Thank you for all your good wishes and well..... so far so good (touching wood) - Digger had 4 coughing episodes yesterday but only one very very minor blackout. Vetmedin is a palatable tablet so can be just given as you would a treat and chewed. Bless him he has taken them without complaint or fuss. Sorry my post was a bit rambled yesterday but it was a bit of a shock to be honest - We had no idea Diggs was so poorly which is testament to his uncomplaining laid back attitude - can you tell I love this dog?!!?

Trish said...

Sally I hope Digger is doing well. It is so hard when they get old and these things start to crop up, because at least for me I never think of my dogs as being old & then I find myself saying....but she is only 8...or 10..or 12, she's not old! My girls say to tell Digger "Feel Better Soon Digger, you are very special to you Mum".