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Hello to everyone

I'm so sorry I haven't been on in such a long time, I've been so sick!

Anyway, here's an update on my dear little Eddie. I brought him to his cardiologist on Wednesday and his progress is great! The medication he has been put on has made such a difference. His heat rate has dropped dramatically :biggrin: which is excellent because it was beating extremerly fast before. It was beating at 80 beats per min when the Dr listened to him and he was excited at that point in time because he had seen some dogs in the waiting room and wanted to play (he's so cute like that he just wants to be friends with everyone) so it's even slightly slower. So hopefully this should buy him some more time. He is on a salt free diet, he appears to be more energetic and Eddie doesn't pant as hard and as often. I can see some postive changes in his condition.

I may be being to over optomistic but I'm just trying to be as positive as possible. I do know the seriousness of his condition and I do often still cry, I am sad everyday cause it's always in the back fo my mind that my baby isn't going to have all the time on this earth that he deserves. But when I find myself crying and already missing him I rememeber what many of you have already told me, don't morun him yet, he is still here. I don't cry in front of him. I act like none of this has ever happened. We have so much fun every day. I know he has a happy wonderful life full of lots of fun and love and thats all that matters.

Here is the actual medical diagnosis, I didn't end up recieving it in the mail so I picked it up on Wednesday: Eddie has Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with sub pulmonic stenosis & mitral incompetence (HCM).

A lot of other facts were written on the sheet, I have no idea what they mean! But my heart absolutly broke when I read this line: 'a guarded short to medium term prognosis was given, with poor long term prognosis.':smcry:

Miricales have been known to happen, I hope Eddie is lucky enough to be given one of his own, I believe he is worthy of one..
 

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I forgot to mention that HCM is rarely ever found in dogs, the odds are like 1 to 500 000!! or something like that. It is a disease found in humans and CATS!!! :shocked: How was Eddie born with this? I don't understand how he can be so unfortunant. It's so sad. The cardiologist and his new and wonderful vets are all shocked. They just can't believe he could have such bad luck.

Of all the puppies in the world why Eddie?? And how did he get something that is found in cats?? Its all so strange. Because of this reason there is also limited help out there for Eddie as there is not a lot of research because it is mostley done on the genes found in humans and cats that are affected, not on dogs because of the very few rare cases. I am still so stunned by everything. Its just all so overwhelming.
 

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Hey Claudia, great to see you back! I'm sorry you haven't been well, I hope you are now on the road to recovery.

I'm also very pleased to see the meds are working well for Eddie, and that you are seeing an improvement with his behaviour! I hope it all continues to get better & better each day for you both! :grouphug:
 

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Hi Claudia, I am so sorry you aren't feeling well, I hope you get better real soon :grouphug:
It's great that the meds and diet are helping little Eddie to feel better, I am so so very sorry for his diagnosis and I pray he keeps getting better and has some good years ahead :wub:
You are a good mummy and Eddie is so lucky to have you to care for him :grouphug:
I will keep both you and little Eddie in my thoughts and prayers :prayer:
 

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Claudia, I was just thinking about you and Eddie last night! Thanks for updating us.

I'm glad Eddie is feeling much better. That's the most important thing. I know worrying about how long you will have your precious Eddie is very difficult, but try to just enjoy each and every day with him. Remember, vets can only make an educated guess on life expectancy based on medical tests. My Lady has so many health issues and has come so close to dying a few times, but she is still going strong at eleven. My vets just smile and shake their heads in amazement that she has "lasted this long". :)

I am a big believer the best nutrition possible, appropriate supplements, and most of all, the power of love. :grouphug:
 

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Claudia, I was just thinking about you and Eddie last night! Thanks for updating us.

I'm glad Eddie is feeling much better. That's the most important thing. I know worrying about how long you will have your precious Eddie is very difficult, but try to just enjoy each and every day with him. Remember, vets can only make an educated guess on life expectancy based on medical tests. My Lady has so many health issues and has come so close to dying a few times, but she is still going strong at eleven. My vets just smile and shake their heads in amazement that she has "lasted this long". :)

I am a big believer the best nutrition possible, appropriate supplements, and most of all, the power of love. :grouphug:[/B]
I agree, Eddie is now on special food for heart disease and it has all these added supplements and nutrients that are good for the heart. I think every little bit helps. :)

Lady is my hero, I hope Eddie has her strength, that's truly amazing, you're a great mummy. She is lucky to have you.
 

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Claudia, thanks for the update. Like the others, I hope you feel better soon - if not already - just take care of yourself. Don't neglect your own health because of Eddie. He needs you strong and healthy. It sounds like he's certainly doing better, I know he is happy because you give him so much love. :wub:
 

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So sorry you have been ill on top of worrying about Eddie. I hope you feel better soon.
I'm so happy to hear there is some positive progress for Eddie. Bless his heart (literally :) )! I hope miracles do happen for him. :wub: If you have been off SM you probably don't know I changed my name from Frosty's Mom to Furbaby's Mommie, but I'm still the same :rolleyes: . The new baby will be home Aug. 19. :)
 

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I know some of what your going through, I started thinking about what it was going to be like when the day comes that Muffy is no longer here, I cryed and cryed some more, and then I told myself why cry now, this is a time to celebrate every day and take all the time I need to be with Muffy. It has really helped me. One day I will have to face not having Muffy. but for now I need to enjoy the days. I will keep little Eddie on my prayer list, and I will pray for you also
 

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Please take him to the vet right away.. No need in taking any risks with your baby..I'll send good prayers your way...
 

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Hi Everyone,

Unfortunantly I don't have any definant news to tell. The specialist could not come to a conclusion. They are finding Eddie's case to be very strange. They have given me refferal to a cardiologist. He is supposed to e very good, hopefully he will be able to help Eddie.

There are two possibilities. If they can't find out a reason as to why his heart is the way it is then his life will be short term. If they can find something causing the problem then they could do something to help him, it's all very confusing, I will be able to better explain once I see the cardiologist. Then we will know exactly what is going on! It's so frustrating. I just want some answers so I can start taking action towards helping him as much as possible.

I also today called the people who sold me Eddie and had a very heated conversation, to be honest I screamed and cried and just lost it at them. They treid telling me they were't responsible. I made it very clear that they are. We will be keeping in touch, they have to help out financially. They sold me a puppywhich was born with a heart problem and his murmer is a grade 6, i'm so deverstated :smcry: I am thankful to have Eddie, I juat am in so much shock, and he doesn't deserve this.

I am also so upset at Eddie's previous vet. I rang them to tel them what has happened and they just brushed it off. It made me so angry. No one can say for sure, but if the bothered to do something months ago maybe Eddie's heart wouldn't of thickned so much, I'll always wonder and I'll never know.

So we are all in for a bi of a wait again. I hope i can receive some answers. I will let everyone know asap. I am going insane not knowing, I am just so worried about him. He is sooo special[/QUOTE

Sorry to hear about Eddie do you know if they are registered breeders because if they are you can ring the canine Control in Sydney, although I dont know if they can help you.
 
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