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Hi everyone!
My girl is 14 yrs old and in the last month or so, she doesn’t want to lie down. She will literally fall asleep in the sitting position and practically fall over :(
At night she will eventually settle and sleep-
But I just have no idea.

-She has a grade 4 hear murmur and is on lasix and enapril. Also on apaquel.

-She had a bout of pancreatitis in February-
And her recent bloodwork showed her pancreas panels are still a little high.
- she’s had; full panel bloodowork, ultrasounds and X-rays - and nothing has come up to be a reason.
Our Dr thought maybe she was still painful from pancreatitis and gave us Tramadol-
But I see no difference when I give it-
Also saw no difference with galliprant or methocarbamol.

months ago she had a bout of IVD- and seems
to have recovered but Im
wondering if maybe that has been flaring.
she runs around like a puppy most of the time though and eats and drinks and seems fine.
I just don’t understand this....
Anyone have any ideas I can bring up to the dr?
 

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I am so sorry that your sweet girl is having some health challenges.
Sometimes with heart issues I have found that they don't want to lie down because it is harder to breath. Could you try to watch her breathing to see if you see any changes? Sometimes it is very subtle.
I hope that your vet can get to the bottom of it, and that she feels better soon.
 

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One thing we have noticed w/Kitzel is that he is restless at night---unable to get comfy. In the car seat he sleeps w/his head up in the corner. He has collapsing trachea from the heart pushing on the trachea (it is considered minimal we found out yesterday, but can advance quickly). So that could be an issue you may want to investigate. His showed on an exray while lying on his back & was confirmed yesterday by an internal specialist. His is lower down as we had suspected. Did your dog ever have a really scary episode of not breathing right?
 

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One thing we have noticed w/Kitzel is that he is restless at night---unable to get comfy. In the car seat he sleeps w/his head up in the corner. He has collapsing trachea from the heart pushing on the trachea (it is considered minimal we found out yesterday, but can advance quickly). So that could be an issue you may want to investigate. His showed on an exray while lying on his back & was confirmed yesterday by an internal specialist. His is lower down as we had suspected. Did your dog ever have a really scary episode of not breathing right?
Thank you for your reply! Hoping the best for Kitzel as well! Is he on lasix? If so what is his dose? We bumped up my girls to 12.5mg and she’s only 11lbs. She gets half a pill in the morning then the other one later. Her last xray was prob 3 weeks ago- and the dr didn’t say anything about putting pressure on the trachea. She doesn’t cough too much and seems to settle at night- which is opposite of heart problems (which she deff has).
No scary episodes of not breathing. She deff trembles a lot- she just got groomed and that usually makes her tremble even more for a week or so. I did give her some of her gabapentin to see if that made a difference, and I think it had a little. I will be calling my vet on Monday to see if we should up her heart meds again to see if there is a difference.
I wish they stayed young and healthy forever!
 

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I am so sorry that your sweet girl is having some health challenges.
Sometimes with heart issues I have found that they don't want to lie down because it is harder to breath. Could you try to watch her breathing to see if you see any changes? Sometimes it is very subtle.
I hope that your vet can get to the bottom of it, and that she feels better soon.
thank you for replaying. I don’t see her struggle to breath or notice a big difference with her inhale and exhale. She does tremble a lot though!
 

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Imho...I think its her pancreatitis. I have one with both heart and chronic pancreatitis. She will not lay down during a pancreatitis flareup. It could take months, even a year before they are comfortabl. Tramadol is useless for pancreatitis pain. I have morphine pre measured by my IMS for flareups.
Continue with very low fat diet, under 10% DMB and keep her hydrated to help any inflammation she may have. Which test did your vet do for pancreatitis? If it was the Spec cpl, you can compare results from previous test to see if the numbers are dropping. That is the only way to tell whether her pancreas is healing.
 

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Our Chrissy was diagnosed with having Pancreatitis several years ago and she has been on Solid Gold Holistic Blendz which has been very successful. Since I cannot purchase it at any of our local Pet Stores, I order it through Chewy. It is very low in Fat and Protein.
 

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Hi everyone!
My girl is 14 yrs old and in the last month or so, she doesn’t want to lie down. She will literally fall asleep in the sitting position and practically fall over :(
At night she will eventually settle and sleep-
But I just have no idea.

-She has a grade 4 hear murmur and is on lasix and enapril. Also on apaquel.

-She had a bout of pancreatitis in February-
And her recent bloodwork showed her pancreas panels are still a little high.
- she’s had; full panel bloodowork, ultrasounds and X-rays - and nothing has come up to be a reason.
Our Dr thought maybe she was still painful from pancreatitis and gave us Tramadol-
But I see no difference when I give it-
Also saw no difference with galliprant or methocarbamol.

months ago she had a bout of IVD- and seems
to have recovered but Im
wondering if maybe that has been flaring.
she runs around like a puppy most of the time though and eats and drinks and seems fine.
I just don’t understand this....
Anyone have any ideas I can bring up to the dr?
Could you try giving her pillows to support her upright position when she is sleepy. I hope she is ok. I lost my baby who was 16 in Dec. I am looking for a puppy but no luck yet. I have pancreatitis. It is hard. I can’t lay on my right side. I use a bed that goes up to support me in a half sitting position.
 
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