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    Default Worried about my dog, sub-aortic stenosis

    Because I work at a shelter, I take home some "unadoptable" dogs. My 5 y/o border collie/newf cross came in as a 7 m/o puppy with inoperable sub-aortic stenosis.
    Well, she's started coughing...we're treating her for kennel cough, but I'm worried about congestive heart failure...I'm just scared. Vet said do the course of doxy, then we'll go to Plan B....



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    Sending prayers and jingles for your little one that it is minor and treatable kennel cough.



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    Let's hope for the best until we know it's the worst.

    My doberman Grace died two years ago of CHF. She was on lasix and Vetmedin, a drug specifically for Canine CHF. It's not cheap, but she did pretty well on it for about a year.

    Good luck to you and your pup.

    StG



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    Jingles!!!!!
    What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!



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    Thanks....



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    Jingles for your boy!! Those CHF cases are tough, but luckily there are lots of different drugs to combat the systemic decline that accompanies CHF. Have you had recent radiographs taken to check for any new heart enlargement (or even better, a thoracic ultrasound?)?



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    Meeting with the vet again Friday, so I'll check into what's next....



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    Might want to see a veterinary cardiologist...there are lots of meds now for cardiac issues.

    If the dog is still having respiratory issues from complications of kennel cough, you might want to revisit the choice of antibiotic.



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    I agree with Houndhill - if youhavent already seeked a boarded cardiologist, its probably worth your time and money to do so.

    We have seen 3 "inoperable" SAS dogs this month, and all 3 recovered from surgery very well . If surgery really isnt an option (it wouldnt be for me - too costly!), sometimes a changeup of medications can significantly improve quality of life.



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    As of today her lungs are clear, still supposed to hang in there with the meds....I feel more hopeful.



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