Friday, December 19, 2008


Hubie is our 4 year old Newfoundland and he's been sick going on 4 months. Constant coughing, hacking/vomiting and congestion. I thought it was just a very persistent case of kennel cough. We've run several tests and had him on multiple rounds of medication with no relief whatsoever and finally the vet mentioned taking him to a cardiologist.

So after some research, one of my coworkers/friends helped me discover that Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a common hereditary heart disease in this breed. It's basically congestive heart failure. His heart is weak and enlarged and he's retaining fluid causing those symptoms above.

This isn't a solid diagnosis. We have to take him to Boise to see a cardiologist for extensive testing in order to diagnose him so that he can be treated. But all the symptoms fit and now it all makes sense.

Isn't this insane???? Just when I thought things couldn't get any crazier.

I'm feeling pretty emotional about it because he's still healthy enough right now to live a normal life. He still plays and eats well and is still the all too loveable Hubie. So I don't feel right at all about the idea of putting him down (as a few have suggested) but can you imagine the cost of all this testing and then medication for his lifetime? He's a HUGE dog. That's a lot more medication than an average sized dog. And a lot more money.

I was telling FIL about it last night and he said "hey, that's what I have." and I was like I know. Seriously? What are the odds.


Erin said...

Wow, Sylvia. That's a lot to handle at once. Especially around the holidays. You're definitely in my thoughts and prayers. I completely sympathize with you--if it was my cat, I would be an emotional wreck. Like you, I definitely wouldn't want to consider putting him down, and if he seems fine and healthy and happy, then I don't think you should worry about that any time soon. I wish I could just snap my fingers and make it better. Please let me know if there is anything at all I can do.

The Warren Family said...

Thanks Erin!!!!!!

Lizzie Fish said...

Ohhh poor puppy!

This kind of thing always happens at the beginning of deployments. ALWAYS. Not just pets getting sick, but car problems, leaking dishwashers, exploding just happens. I hope you get some good answers in Boise!

The Warren Family said...

I'm beginning to think so. Everything has been fine and Mike leaves and the craziness begins!