Sleep. Shush... He is sleeping.

Sometimes... we think that our best friend will be with us forever. But that's not how things work. Forever doesn't happen.

Ever since i came home to live and work, my life has pretty much revolved around the Curly being my sanity check. He taught me about patience and he showed me that unconditional love does exist. He is with me whole days. While i work, he sits beside me. While i watch tv, he watches with me. While i am in garden doing things, he is never too far. He waits for me. While i cook, he is just there.

On one my past jobs, the turnover in staff is so high that i got used to people coming and leaving. I made friends but i never got too attached to them being around long. After a while, it was just like.. bye.. see you around. Things get jaded after a while.

But my current staff Curly's been with me for four and a half years... right beside me. Sleeping Working while i work. I have grown attached to him in many ways. I tell him secrets and i tell him jokes. He just grunts but he never replies. He never adds on to my stories. He's just there... a great listener. All he asks for are just tummy rubs and maybe a nom or two.

We got back from the vet few hours ago. The diagnosis didn't seem too shocking at the clinic. But when i came home and did some research, it hit home.

The vet took him to the Central Equine Hospital in Perak Turf Club to have his chest x-rayed. They have the best imaging facilities there. The xray was very very clear.

His heart is enlarged as the vet feared. His lungs is with fluids.

He is given Fortekor® Flavour 5 (Benazepril) to ease the enlarged heart and a couple more medicines for runny nose and fever and another medicine to help clear the fluids in the lungs. He will be on meds for 2 weeks and probably be on Fortekor for the rest of his life. We will be going to the vet again in 2 weeks time.

The vet advised me not to stress him. Let him rest. No strenuous exercises. His breathing is suddenly very rapid overnight.

His breathing was too rapid after the meds just now.

There is not much we can do for the moment. We will see how he takes to the medicine and just let him be his happy self.

Can a canine enlarged heart return to normal?

I don't know how much longer he is going to be with me but each day will be our day of grace. We shall have some hope.

Dom and his tabby kitten watching the sunset at the porch last Wednesday.

There were a few articles which i read just now. Here are the links below. Hope someone will find it useful.

http://www.2ndchance.info/dogdilcardiomyopathy.htm

http://www.2ndchance.info/conghtfaildog.htm

http://www.dailypuppy.com/articles/dog-heart-attack-symptoms_831.html

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Sandee said...

I'm so sorry honey, but at least you are getting the care that's needed. Some just look at dogs as animals and let them die. I hope this medications works. Bless his little heart.

I'll keep him in my daily prayers. :)

Sue said...

Oh, we are so sorry to hear that Dommy is so ill. We are all sending him our very best, most healing thoughts. He's such a special little curly guy. Our love to both of you.
Morgan, Tsar, the Porties and Mom

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! So SAD to read this post. Totally understand how you feel. Sending Golden Thoughts and crossing my Golden PAWS. Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar

Sam said...

We are so sorry. We are sending you hugs and healing vibes for Dommy.

Sam

Ann said...

I'm so very sorry to hear this. Duke and I will be thinking of Dommy and sending prayers and lots of Westie Wishes that his meds work.

scotsmad said...

The internet always has the worst case senarios. We're hoping the meds work; but at least he's not in pain and loved.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Chewy said...

Oh no! This is horrible! I hope dommy will be ok! I am crossing my paws for yall!

Chewy

houndstooth said...

I'm so sorry you got such tough news! I've been there, facing scary news about my beloved canine companion, and it's awful. We certainly have fingers and paws crossed for both of you here! Hugs to you!

Oskar said...

Oh no, my mom person & I are so sorry to hear this news. We will be saying pawerful prayers that this is just a small bump in the road.

Nubbin wiggles & hugs,
Oskar & Pam

Jon Terry said...

Oh Dommy! you have got to fight this. We are praying for you and believing for a miracle. You both must be strong! Our *hugs* and love to you both.

Love ya,
Jon Terry

yuki the dog said...

I am so sorry, my heart honestly hurts for you. Just to see dommy sleeping in his bed so innocently, it makes me feel so sad. No matter what happens, the best thing you can do besides medical care is just be there for him. That's all dogs really want and need is human companionship, especially when it's their human.

Beans4Biscuits said...

We are sending extra healing vibes to the sweet Dommy. We will also have all paw crossed until he is doing great again!

Sugar the Who

Mr. Pip said...

Dommy, you are one of my very best pals and I am sending you ALL my very best wishes and prayers. You are going to get through this! Keep fighting and tell your mom to keep believing.

I don't know much about heart murmurs in dogs, but I do know a little something about murmurs in people. My little sister was born with a congenital heart defect - she has a hole between the two chambers of her heart. When she was a baby it was a moderate size hole and there was some talk of surgery, but there was also a chance it would close on its own. We took her back to the doctor every six months for several years - and guess what, it is now half the size it was at birth and seems to be closing on its own. I am telling you this because miracles do happen ...and you must keep believing!

Your pal, Pip

Spiffy said...

Oh crap! The poor fellow. I'm hoping and praying he'll recover soon. You just gotta have faith.

Pebbles, wifey and me will be praying for him to be back to his usual self.

He's lucky to have you next to him. Keep us updated, ok.

Happy.Bark.Days said...

Dommy may be a big curly softie on the outside, but on the inside I bet he's a tough little cookie. Stay strong by his side and he'll spring back in no time. We're all rooting for you, Dommy!

Chicco said...

Oh my sweet friend,
I'm so sorry to hear this bad notice. I hope that you will be better soon and that everything will be resolve too. You're so special for me: you have been one of my first new friends when i started the blog.
Take care. You are in my prayers, Dommy.
Woof, woof,

Chicco

BloggerCats said...

oh this is sad.. I have old cats with me too.. :(

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