My Winston (4 yrs old) was just diagnosed with right-sided heart failure due to pulmonary stenosis. We’re still in total shock over the diagnosis as he is our first bully and we’ve had him since he was a baby. We got him knowing he had a heart murmur, but the vet said it was only a grade 2 so we expected a fairly normal life for him. He’s been fairly healthy (for a bulldog that is) and this came on just so suddenly.
The cardiologist said surgery to correct this is too risky. They gave him some meds to help control the clinical signs, but soon those meds will no longer be effective. I do have a call in to UT for a second opinion, but in the meantime I’m wondering if anyone has had any experience with this and could give me any tips. What do I expect with this? I’ve read all the horror stories online, but shudder at the thought of what’s to come. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I would certainly get a second opinion, I am very sad to hear your diagnosis. Hopefully Kim can give you more information and help guide you because I am not sure if there is already failure. .
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Wow. I wish I had some advice but all I have is a to give you. I would definitely get a second opinion, maybe even a 3rd.
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So sorry! I dont know anything when it comes to the heart but please keep us updated!
Where in sw mo are you located and WHO was the vet that diagnosed this problem?
I'm wondering if you have a vet school near enough to take him to. These schools are up on all latest treatments and very often have reduced rates. Just a thought.
I took him to Bluepearl in KC. (About 2.5 hours north of me.) Great staff, but still am looking to get a second opinion.
The closest vet school with a cardiologist is MU. However, I took my other bulldog there and after 5 visits and many, many tests they diagnosed him with a urethral stricture and wanted to cut off his penis. I took him to UT and found out he did not have a stricture, but rather hydrocephalus and spina biffida. So needless to say I'm a little reluctant to take Winston to MU. Thanks for the suggestion though!
We drove 14 hours to UT, but if anyone knows of another vet school with a cardiologist, I'd be willing to give them a shot.
Oh man, I'm so sorry! I hope you're able to find help for Winston. I have zero experience in this area. Just wanted to say, well I already it. I hope Kim comes along soon as she may have some info for you.
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oh, geez, what meds did they give you for his heart failure? My two are not showing signs of heart failure yet, and they were both diagnosed with a grade 3 and I had echos done right away. Neither one of mine can have the surgery either Remy is almost one and Sebastian is almost 2 and neither one show any symptoms. They take 25 mg of Atenelol twice a day to help the blood flow through their hearts a little better. Luckily, I have Michigan State University 10 minutes from my home and that is where the boys see Dr. Sanders, their cardiologist. I would certainly find a way to get to a vet school closer than 14 hours. They are up on the latest techniques and meds and do have cheaper prices since they use it as a teaching opportunity for students. Remy just had to have his urethral prolapse fixed in June and the vet who did it had just published a new technique of fixing them and only charged me $100 to do it plus $150 for his neutering. Please let me know and sorry I can't be much help since I haven't experienced any heart failure symptoms yet.
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