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  1. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Thank you. We have decided to take it day by day. My vet said that in 25 years of practice she has never seen a case where a dog's heart has actually exploded (that is not the way she worded it, but I cannot remember how she said it). She said that it is much more likely that we will notice Addy...
  2. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    It is the worst case scenario. Addy has a bleeding tumor in her heart that is causing her other organs to malfunction. thus the fluid in her abdomen. The doctor was very kind, but said that she could literally die in hours should her heart "explode". He encouraged me to consider euthanizing her...
  3. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    So...good news is I found another practice that does ultrasounds onsite and they can see her in a couple of hours. I am so very afraid of what we will find out but at least I will know that I have done everything I can if there is truly no hope. I don't know how to feel right now.
  4. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Oh! Maybe. When I talk to the vet tomorrow I will suggest that!
  5. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    That actually is at the hospital. Supposedly my vet was going to call them today to see if we can get it bumped up.
  6. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Gosh, you called that! She did say that there could still be a tumor and that it is just not showing up. I am trying really hard not to hope too much. She was okay with the chicken today, but in the future if she refuses I will probably offer her something tasty. We have a McDonalds right up...
  7. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Thank you! I *did* get to talk to the vet. She said it was pretty inconclusive. Proteins are a little elevated. Tests did not indicate tumor or cancer cells. She's stumped. So, we are trying to get an ultrasound. Today was a good day for Addy; she asked for food and has eaten several small...
  8. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    No. Which is really frustrating. I called first thing this morning and was told she would call me back. Then when I called this afternoon I got their voicemail (I forgot they close early on Wednesdays for surgeries). I have been spending the day googling and researching as much as I can, which...
  9. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Thank you again. <3 Today was okay. She definitely is not herself, but she seems to be trying. She ate some ham this morning, very hesitantly. She seems really mopey unless I take her outside. She loves to sit on the back patio with me. She also got really excited to go for a ride today. A funny...
  10. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Thank ALL OF YOU for being so kind to me. An update: I thought Addy's gums were looking kind of pale and she was just not looking good to me so I went ahead and took her in to the vet today. In part- it seemed to be an overreaction for me. Her pulse was good. All of her vitals were normal. She...
  11. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Truly; thank you. I will take a hard truth over false hope any day. If this is going to be something that I have to accept, knowing the truth about it is a good first step. She had a pretty good day with us today. We took a ride, which she was very excited for, to Petsmart. She had a great time...
  12. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Thank you very much. I am going to do everything that I can for her. I am trying to raise funding and am currently looking into taking out a loan.
  13. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Heartbreaking. It does sound very likely. Thank you for your response. I will do what I can for her and see if we can get her some testing. I will keep this updated with the findings in case someone else has this experience in the future.
  14. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Thank you so much. Addy was a rescue so we are not 100% sure on her age but we are guessing she is in the 7-8 range. My husband also reminded me that the emergency vet said that this especially happens with white bulldogs...which seems weird to me but I suppose if we are talking about...
  15. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Thanks so much. The emergency doc acted like this is super common for bullies but so far I haven't been able to find very much information. I looked through the forums but I couldn't find anything. I am sure I am overlooking it.
  16. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Pericardial effusion? Cardiac tamponade? I need some advice...

    Hey everyone. This is going to be a novel, but alot has happened over the last two weeks and I really don't want to leave out any detail that might be important. Two weeks ago I noticed that my Addy was acting a little off. She seemed to be panting alot and just generally kind of felt "off"...
  17. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Hives and no way to the vet until this evening!

    Adeline did okay for the rest of the day, thankfully. The excess energy has not reappeared and she urinated for me shortly after I posted my last message. Doc gave her a "steroid" shot and wants me to schedule her for an allergy test with her regular vet as soon as I can afford it. I am also to...
  18. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Hives and no way to the vet until this evening!

    I will give them to her right away. She just got out of a nice cool bath (much to her dismay!) and seems to be feeling okay right now. You guys are awesome - I'l update with any more info that we get at the doc's later. Thanks again - so very, very much! Katy (and Addy!)
  19. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Hives and no way to the vet until this evening!

    Thank you all so much for you input! I ravaged my medicine cabinet and I found a package of 10 Benadryl Allergy liqui-gels...but they expired on 07/13. *sigh* What do you guys think - can I use them? Info on package as follows: Benadryl Allergy Liqui-gels Dye-free. Dipphenhydramine HCI 25 mg...
  20. Kat and Adeline

    Help Needed! Hives and no way to the vet until this evening!

    Hello. I am really sorry for my very first post here being one in need of advice. I have been reading over this forum and have found a real wealth of knowledge. I really wish that I had been as informed as I am now of all of the possible issues that could arise with my poor girl when I adopted...
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