UPDATE FROM CARDIOLOGIST APPOINTMENT:
Mr. Patrick was a very good boy for the cardiologist and vet staff today (3/22/2016)!
What we now know…
He a congenital heart defect termed tricuspid valve dysplasia. As a result, the right side of his heart is VERY enlarged and he is in congestive heart failure. It is causing a fast and irregular heart rate and for fluid to build up in his abdomen.
The good news! This may be manageable for a couple of years or more with the correct meds and routine follow-up care. He is now on 5 medications. He is not in any distress or pain. The fluid will not need to be drained if the meds do their job. He has a great appetite and likes the pill pockets.
My biggest concern is for his comfort. He is happy and playful and wants to just hang out. If and when that changes we will consider letting him go. But I now have conformation that he is NOT near ready for that! Due to the high cost of seeing a specialist and getting the additional meds, I opted to wait on the Halter monitor. Paddy will have another appointment with Dr. Hsu in a few weeks. If he improves or maintains we will keep the course. If the meds make him tired or if any new issues come up we will consider doing the monitor testing. I was happy to find out that he is allowed short leash walks and whatever quality food he wants.
I will fill his new medications at Costco. This is where I also buy his pill pockets.
If you would like to donate a Costco gift card to help pay for his necessary medications please let us know. Any donations made for this boy and towards his vet bill are tax deductible through our 501c3 rescue. To find out more about Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue, Inc. Please visit our website at ddbrescue.org
Thanks for reading and please keep Patrick in your thoughts
Paddy is a 2 year old male ddb located in Palm Desert California. He is in hospice care with our regional rep. Patrick was surrendered to his vet when his owner could not deal with his health issues. Paddy has an enlarged heart and possibly other heart issues going on as well, we will get him to a specialist to see what else is going on. What we know at this time is that he fills up with fluid and has to be tapped. He was loaded with fleas and ticks when we brought him in and was in desperate need of a bath (doubt he had ever had one before as he seems to have been an outside only dog). Paddy is learning what it’s like to live in a home and be spoilt, he is learning how to play. We will post more about Paddy once we know more. We do not think Paddy will be adoptable, not sure yet, but we do need funds to help with his care and to figure out what is going on with him. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to DDBR. Thank you!
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