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Milo had a dental 6 months ago and was diagnosed with a very minor grade 1 heart murmur that was intermittent. The vet said it was barely detectable. He is 11, so it was nothing I was worried about as it was so mild.

On Saturday afternoon I picked him up (as I do several times a day!) and his heartbeat felt so strange - it felt so intense and I could hear it when he was next to me in a quiet room. It was normal on Saturday morning. He was acting completely normal - still playing, eating etc. and his resting breathing rate was normal too. First thing Monday morning I rang his vet and got him in for an appointment later that day. Just before his appointment he had been in his bed chewing a toy and I looked down at him and all his paw, chest and around his mouth was covered in blood. He was in no distress at all and was still playing with his toy. I checked him for wounds and couldn't find anything. He never coughed or made any noise like he had hacked up the blood. His vet thinks the toy might have cut his mouth (hopefully that is what happened and it was just weird timing with the heart issue popping up at the same time).

At the vet they said Milo has a very severe heart murmur and that it had gone from nothing to extreme very suddenly. I never asked what grade, but as I can feel and hear his heart myself, I think it is grade 5-6. They suspect a valve snapped in his heart and he needs an echocardiogram to try and see exactly what happened. I am waiting for him to get a referral, but I really hope it will be soon. On Monday the vet said he didn't want to put him on any meds as he had no clinical signs of anything. On Tuesday night Milo started breathing rapidly and wheezing. Yesterday I brought him back to the vet and he put him on Frusemide and Vetmedin. The vet kept saying how Milo could die very suddenly.

I am so shocked by it all. It seemed to come out of nowhere on Saturday and is progressing rapidly. I have cried so much over the last few days.

Today marks 3 years since my other dog died from CHF. But, she had a very gradual decline over two years and was 15 years old when she died. This is all so sudden with Milo and he is only 11 and still so active and happy. She was old and sick and she had lived such a long and happy life. I just don't feel like Milo has had enough time.

This is Milo two weeks ago.
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Orla, I'm so sorry you're going through this with Milo! Hopefully the meds can get it under control for a while longer! Sending you hugs!
 

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Orla I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending hugs and prayers your way for Milo. We all love that little guy.
 

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Orla, Heartbreaking news on your sweet little Milo - I'm so very sorry you (and he) have to go through this.
I am praying he can get in for his echocardiogram very soon & that the meds he is now on will be effective. I will be looking for an update as to when his appointment is.
His looks adorable cute in his picture!
 

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Orla, did you read my msg. on Joanne's posting about "Lacie?" Our stories are very similar (but no blood here). It is the cord that helps the valve work that broke/split off on Kitzi---there are a # of these cords & only one of his is presently broken. The cardiologist said that most likely more will split & it could be catastrophic or he could go on this way for a while. Kitzi was 10 in Feb. He is on Benazepril 5 mg. per day, but I can't tell that it helps or not. He does tire more easily but he still loves his walks. He sleeps more too. I noticed that he would grunt each time he was lifted & that he was gaining weight while not eating more---those were the only 2 things I noticed. He went from 0 in Dec. to 3 in Feb. He doesn't really cough yet but does "wheeze" a bit now & then. I send you my love, and hopefully we can keep comparing notes to help each other.
 
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I just posted to Sandi an app to monitor breaths called Cardalis. Anything over 30 breaths you need to bring him to ER.
 

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SM is AWESOME! I am amazed at all the medical knowledge available here.
Members sharing advice/encouragement/help/experiences/prayers!
This is what I love so much about this family.
Praying for so many of our members sick fluffs. 🙏
 

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Thanks so much, everyone! I actually got a call about the cardiologist referral right after I posted this morning and the earliest appointment is the 15th of Sept. I don't know about the rest of the world, but in Ireland there seems to be very few services like this. I hadn't realised as I'd never needed one.

Sandi, I think it must be a chord breaking that Milo's vet suspects. It is sad we have such similar stories with our little boys. I hope they both stay well as possible for a long time.

Maddysmom, thank you for the recommendation of the app - I will check it out!
 

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So awful. I would definitely get him to the emergency vet. At least in America, they should be able to take care of everything. Our poor little guy was attacked by a pitbull on Sunday that fractured his tooth. Our vet said that they would not be able to do X-Rays or extraction until mid-September. We took him to the emergency vet ASAP, and a top dentist was able to do the extraction and said there was no way it could have waited. Would have gotten infected and caused more problems.
 

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Thanks so much, everyone! I actually got a call about the cardiologist referral right after I posted this morning and the earliest appointment is the 15th of Sept. I don't know about the rest of the world, but in Ireland there seems to be very few services like this. I hadn't realised as I'd never needed one.

Sandi, I think it must be a chord breaking that Milo's vet suspects. It is sad we have such similar stories with our little boys. I hope they both stay well as possible for a long time.

Maddysmom, thank you for the recommendation of the app - I will check it out!
Is there an equivalent of an emergency vet there? Here, there are emergency vets with very sophisticated specialists that can see pups ASAP. It's pricey, though. Much more than standard appointments. But worth it (and often covered by pet insurance).
 

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Orla, the cardiologist spent lots of time diagnosing Kitzi w/machines, etc. I would, for now just continue to check his "resting" heart beats. If it goes above 30 then call the cardiologist to see if he/she can move you up on the list---and be sure to ask to be added to the cancelation list. I will be following Milo's development & praying for good advice for you.
 

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My vet mentioned getting an emergency appointment, but he didn't feel Milo was an emergency, but they did say they would get him in earlier if he got worse. I am hoping the meds will bring is breathing rate down in the next few days.
 

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My vet mentioned getting an emergency appointment, but he didn't feel Milo was an emergency, but they did say they would get him in earlier if he got worse. I am hoping the meds will bring is breathing rate down in the next few days.
That is good that they will expedite if they think it is warranted. Hoping for the best for you!
 

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My vet mentioned getting an emergency appointment, but he didn't feel Milo was an emergency, but they did say they would get him in earlier if he got worse. I am hoping the meds will bring is breathing rate down in the next few days.
Orla...I posted in one of my comments to Sandi Lacie’s cardiologist report which explains a bit about meds etc. That app I mentioned in an earlier post was gIvan to me by the cardiologist on Tuesday to monitor Lacie. Like I said earlier, anything over 30 breaths is considered an emergency per our cardiologist.
hope this helps. ox
 

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I downloaded but can't make it work. I am the tech idiot!
 

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I was so very sorry to have read about Milo's sudden heart issues and want to let you know that I will certainly keep you in my thoughts and prayers that Milo will feel better soon.
 

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Orla,

I am so sorry. You might want to connect with Marie. Her experience with Snowball was very similar (no blood though). She can better explain the protocols. I think Snowball is going on 3 years since his heart issue. And he is doing well. His was a cord issue.
 
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