We took Paddy in on Wednesday 5/17/17 to see the cardiologist. The good new is that even though the right side of his heart has continued to enlarge, it is pumping effectively enough for him to be a happy, hungry, affectionate boy that will likely be around for another 2 years if we continue his current regime. The medications are working exactly as hoped and no dosage changes are required. He has lost considerable weight and his foster family will be switching his diet to get him some extra calories. Muscle wasting is common and expected in dogs with heart failure. He also weighs less because he is no longer building up the massive ascites (fluid that filled his abdomen).
One issue needs to be addressed very soon. He has a ventral hernia. It was present when we rescued him and has more than quadrupled in size. It extends to the penile shaft now and pee soaks it every time he urinates. It is very difficult to keep clean (intact boy dogs on diuretics pee A LOT, we were not able to neuter him due to his heart condition, but that will be addressed when he gets the hernia taken care of) and his skin is irritated. There is also a risk of strangulation of the bowel which would require emergency surgery or euthanasia. Because he is rather young and such a very special boy, he deserves to be comfortable. We had a surgical specialist evaluate him too. To our surprise she waived the consultation fee. The VCA specialty hospital in San Diego has been very generous to us and we are super thankful. The entire visit was about three hours, all hands on with specialists who were as caring to Paddy as if he was a superstar. A team of doctors and techs took a liking to our boy and everyone was very interested in his case and willing to help him. He has been cleared for necessary hernia repair surgery and they will neuter him for us at that time as well!
The estimate for Patrick to have the surgery done at the specialty hospital ranges from $2,400 to $3,000. The biggest concern is a drop in blood pressure. Their plan is to have him hooked up to IV fluids and have all the necessary precautions, medications and resources in place at the time of surgery. We could very well lose him during surgery, but we have to try and fix this as without it, he could die much sooner than anticipated.
This needs to happen soon. Please consider making a much needed donation to ddbrescue.org
. DDB Rescue is a non-profit, all volunteer 5011c3 charity for the breed. We assist hundreds of Dogues de Bordeaux each year on a national level.
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