|Barked: Thu Mar 10, '11 11:29pm PST |
|My sweet rescue dog, Macy was born with severe birth defects to her heart. She lived at the Humane Society for about 2.5 yrs because nobody would adopt her because of it. I adopted her in August following my own heart surgery (I had a huge soft spot for her because I have heart issues too; I definitely know what it's like to experience some of those symptoms she suffers from. )Macy is around 3-4 yrs old now and our vet has commented that the only dog he has seen survive the first week of life with that amount of heart issues was a 16 yr old Standard Poodle; so, a bit of encouragement there! With very careful monitoring, proper medications, and love, cardiac dogs can life full, happy lives. While I do not allow Macy to train in some of the activities that her Aussie brother, Ranger does (agility, therapy training,etc) she still attends her Advanced Obedience classes and we go for several short, easy walks a day to keep her in shape. I learned early on how to read her body language as far as distress goes, so we know when to calm her down and let her rest. I also make sure that she stays on a healthy diet as it can often be difficult for cardic dogs to maintain healthy body weights since they are constantly burning off calories.
Macy has cardiomegaly, pulmonary edema, a grade 5/6 heart murmur, and multiple other issues going on. You can visibly see her heart murmur if you look at her chest when she breathes in and out. I worked previously as an ACO/vet tech for a while, so I'm able to manage her condition fairly well and keep a close eye on her; we also have an amazing veterinarian office nearby that will see us at a moments notice if need be (the staff there is very knowledgeable on cardio issues). If you would like to private message me, I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have! Certain medications can make life for your pup SOOO much more manageable for you and your pup!