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Thursday, September 14, 2017

This is Beau--the German (as in dog)-with the heart that beats erratically--

Recently, after an ECG at the vet, and after that vet contacted a heart specialist for dogs-- we were told to reduce the heart meds he was on--
We were doing this gradually--over a long period of time--

Well, yesterday afternoon, things went downhill for Beau---We were outside with him, and he seemed very agitated--would not rest--or sit---just kept prancing around with his tongue hanging way down, and he seemed like he couldn't breath-
It took us quite awhile to realize what was wrong with him, of course!

Himself listened to his heart and found it was going extremely fast---took him inside---put him back on the old dosage of meds immediately--stayed with him for about 2 hours until the meds finally calmed his heart down to a slower rhythm---

My question to the vet, this morning ,will be, "Why can't he stay on the same meds that he has been on for nearly 2 yrs?--
Why do we have to reduce them as he can't seem to tolerate a lesser dosage?
---and will the dog sitter be able to manage him, when we go to son#2's wedding?
-and should I stay here, and Himself go with son#3,or son#4?

Lord love a Duck!---Life isn't ever easy --
-tough decisions as I spark--
I really want to cry---
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  • CAT609
    I hope you had a wonderful time at the wedding. I also hope Beau is doing OK. I think of you often, and I hope everything works out! emoticon
    811 days ago
  • no profile photo JSEATTLE
    Poor Beau, Poor YOU! Hope things calmed down, I'm catching up.
    816 days ago
    Updating always seems to cost us more. Poor Beau.
    817 days ago
    If Beau is more comfortable at home then I would keep him there rather than boarding him anywhere which might make him think he has been abandoned. or which might upset him. If you can trust your sitter to care for him the same as she would one of her own family members and Beau already knows her, then trust her with him. If you teach her his signs and symptoms and instruct her to text or call you if there is any question about how he is doing, hopefully all will go well. I know how it is with pets, but I would not miss my child's wedding unless I was the one homebound and unable to go. That is your decision to make you will worry either way, but hopefully the wedding will bring you joy.
    818 days ago
    I would leave Beau on his regular dose of heart medicine. See how he does for a few days .Check with your sitter make sure they feel comfortable with Beau's condition. Make sure they know how to check his heart rate and what to do if problem comes up
    I hope you are able to go to your son's wedding. It means so much to all concerned. Hugs and prayers.
    818 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Poor Beau. Try a good kennel.

    818 days ago
    I can imagine how you must feel! It's always stressful to leave the care of one's family members in the care of others, especially when he/she has a medical condition. Whatever you decide will be the right decision!

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    818 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Poor baby.
    818 days ago
  • HEDSTS58
    Poor Beau, Tell the Vet you want him back on his old dosage. Also, go to your son's wedding. Board Beau at the vet's so he is near his Doctor. And make sure you give them special instructions
    819 days ago
    I how I understand. I have a sick cat at this time. I have to administer her meds daily and she hates me. She spends most of her time hiding from me. I am so attached to her and I do have such unhappiness about her illness. Vets are not easy deal with either. I wish you the best.
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    819 days ago
    Sorry Beau is having such a hard time. Hope you can find someone who knows what t to do for him. You have to go to the wedding. Board Beau with the vet. Good luck.
    819 days ago
    I hope the vet is in agreement with keeping him on the meds. Do not miss your child's wedding. See if you can find a vet tech or another qualified person to keep Beau. If God wants to bring Beau home, then it is his time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    819 days ago
  • MARGIEB221
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  • PICKIE98
    Go with the old vet, possibly board Beau with him..
    819 days ago
    I would go back to the regular vet to find out why he talked to the specialist who has never seen your dog to get that kind of decision. And what was the reasoning behind tell you to decrease. Are there complications that the vet never told you about? Dig at the vet but leave the dog at the level he is comfortable at. I hope this all works out. I do believe what Western Sage has said. Have a good talk with Beau and let him know that this will not happen again if you can help it.
    819 days ago
    first off, please go to your sons wedding. it means so much to you and son to be there. second, get someone to Beau sit in your home as the Beau will be so much better there than stressed out in a kennel. have your cell and check in with the sitter, let the sitter know all that is needed to take care of Beau and the vets phone # and where the office is and if your vet doesn't do emergency calls then make sure there is somewhere they can call and take Beau if need be. in the state i live in i would also have to get something notarized that it would be ok for them to treat Beau/ (i own a horse and this is what my horse vet suggest i would so when i have my neighbor sit my horse).

    sometimes you may need a second opinion for Beau's meds. take him to another vet to get that opinion. i have done this many of times with my pets. sometimes i will adjust the meds myself as i know my pet better than the vet as i'm with them everyday. my vet knows this and trusts my judgement especially. right now i have a cat that is being adjusted for thyroid medicine and i'm adjusting the meds and working with the vet also on this adjustment for her.

    let us know how things are going for Beau and how the wedding was.

    819 days ago
  • 97MONTY
    Prayers out to you all and double to Beau and wishing him the best, go enjoy the wedding.
    819 days ago
  • no profile photo ROCKS8ROX
    So heartbreaking. I hope that everything will work out for the best. Sending prayers your way.
    819 days ago
    I sorry to hear about Beau and I agonize with you. My hearts goes out to you!
    819 days ago
    Hugs Lynda! When you call the Vet, be sure to tell him about the wedding plan.
    emoticon Maybe you could board Beau there?
    819 days ago
    So glad he is doing better. Please don't miss your son's wedding...once in a lifetime event for all for sure.
    819 days ago
    Sending prayers your way!! emoticon


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  • JANET552
    Scary!! Hope you get your answers.
    819 days ago
    Oh My, I can feel your pain. We are animal lovers and our dog has has had her ups and downs. (She is finally feeling better)
    We had a friend come and stay when we went to our son's wedding (2 over nights) to care for our 2 horses and dog and cats.
    It would seem that the meds need adjusting and hopefully he'll be fine.
    I know how you feel about leaving them, but if you have a trusted person watching him you should be fine.
    You are between a rock and a hard place but I am sure you would not feel right missing your son's wedding.
    819 days ago
    Put him back on the previous dose that worked. Bring in the pet sitter. Go to the wedding!
    819 days ago
    been there... emoticon
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  • JIBBIE49
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    What to do is right!! I read this and just wanted to bawl my eyes out! Good luck! emoticon
    819 days ago
    AW. Certainly don't stay home, since PEOPLE are a higher priority. I wonder if you could let the VET keep him while you're gone. That would be AWESOME.
    819 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    I am so sorry to hear beau is not doing well on the lower dose of meds and hope he will improve with his regular dose.
    Trust the sitter to take care of him and please go to the wedding.

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    819 days ago
    Prayers for you and your dog.
    820 days ago
    Thinking of you & beau.
    820 days ago
    Oh, poor Beau!! Hopefully, you'll get a good answer from the vet. And, you have to go to your sons wedding. It's your son!!!
    820 days ago
    you go to the wedding the vet is wrong on this one put the dog on the old dosage and leave it be the pet sitter will be fine
    820 days ago
  • GABY1948
    820 days ago
    Sounds like Beau needs the old dose of medication. As long as he is getting checked by the vet regularly, and is showing no signs of problems with the medication on his exams and lab work, there's no reason to decrease his dose. Often, a decreased dose is recommended because nobody wants Beau to take more medicine than he needs. Sometime you have to find out the hard way that the lower dose is not right. I do not think boarding Beau is a great idea, since he generally needs a muzzle and/or sedation for his vet visits. Sounds like it would be too stressful for him to actually stay there for a day or three. I vote for a petsitter with lots of experience. That way Beau can be in his own home, where he is most relaxed and calm. You can let the vet know in advance that the petsitter is authorized to act as your agent if something happens and Beau has to be rushed to the vet while you are gone (although how you "rush" to a place hours away is a tough one). Much as I hate cell phones, one in my pocket on vibrate would give me some peace of mind if I were in your shoes, so I could see my child married and still know that I would be called if there was a problem w/ Beau. emoticon
    820 days ago
  • MBPP50
    I hope Beau gets straightened out and feels better. You have to go to your son's wedding and enjoy yourself. Perhaps Beau could be boarded at the vet's so they can keep an eye on him. emoticon
    820 days ago
    Does your vet have a list of pet sitters that specialize in pets with medical problems. We had to board our pets to be out of town and one cat had to be sub-Q hydrated and syringe fed. The vet recommended this one boarding facility as she knew the owner could handle it and more.
    820 days ago
    I hope thing get better
    820 days ago
    Poor Beau emoticon
    820 days ago
    First, don't miss your son's wedding. Second, find a person who will care for Beau's medical needs or board him at the vet's or some place with care available. Third, take deep breaths and stay calm.

    820 days ago
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    820 days ago
    I am so sorry this is happening. Put Beau in God's hands, and yes, talk to him about your trip. Our pets are smarter than we think. I will be praying for Beau and for you, my friend!!!! God bless you!!!
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    820 days ago
    Tough choice. You still have time for things to turn around. Praying! emoticon

    820 days ago
    Oh Lynda, I am so sorry that happened to Beau but I'm glad the old dose helped him. I think it best to go back to the old dose. Does your vet have a kennel so you could leave Beau with him while you go to the wedding? Is it possible to take him with you? Don't miss the wedding Lynda. You will regret it later and your son and Himself need you there. I am praying it will all work out for you. Beau will be fine.
    820 days ago
    I have nothing to add, all good advice.
    Please do not miss your son's wedding.

    Hugs Mary
    820 days ago
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