Re: Digest Number 172
- Jill wrote:
> Oliver is hanging on. He has good days and bad days, and the badYeah, same with Pongo. That's why the wacky EKG came as such a shock -
>days seem to have nothing to do with his heart condition,
>but rather, with an upset stomach.
- he's been looking so good!
Is Oliver being given aspirin? We gave it to Pongo for the first
couple of months after his dx, but it made him nauseous and he looked
like he was going to kick off any minute -- the meds, in this case,
were worse than the disease. So the vet said we could stop. This was
before his left atrium was affected, so there wasn't as big a risk of
a clot, but he's still gotten more quality of life with the risk than
he would have with the aspirin.
>Then the next day, he's up in the bedroom at 3 AM knocking thingsYep, separated at birth. <G>
>down to get me up because he's hungry.
>I differ from many of you in that my husband and I have decided thatDepends on what you mean by aggressive. Changing meds is common with
>we are not going to do any kind of very aggressive treatment
heart patients, both animal and human. I've also upped Pongo's Co-
Q10, because, as the vet said, it can't hurt and it may help.
If the Inderal slows his heart and he spends more time sleeping, I'll
have to judge him by his "awake" time. His twin Phoebe has been
sleeping a lot lately, and she checked out okay at the vet except for
needing to have her Tapezole increased slightly.
The other stuff -- surgery, intensive care -- that's dicey, and I'd
have to trust my gut instinct if it got to that point between those
options and having him PTS.
Like you said, the last year has been a gift. Years ago, there
wouldn't have been such vet care, and the ability to communicate with
so many people whose pets have the same problems. And I'm not ready
to throw in the towel yet with Pongo, because he could keep steady
for a while. Just crossing my fingers for Saturday.