Enlarged Heart

Hippy

Member
One of mine has what has been described as a "Slightly" Enlarged Heart she will be 4 in July and is my Best dog. I ran her and after 2----2 1/2 hrs she was no longer in the chase. When I found her she was laying Flat on her Stomach breathing heavy and would not move. I leashed her and she walked maybe 25 " DOWN again - got her up same thing again-I carried her to a clearing and in a few minutes she seemed to be fine.

The following weekend after a 10 Minute run SAME thing 1st thing that crossed my mind was Heart Worms or Lyme Disease A trip to the Vet and blood work came back fine Heart and Lungs O.K. Was told she would "Probably" be alright to run her.

I just did not like the situation so I laid her up till the end of Rabbit Season and then back to the Vets for X-Rays and some more elaborate blood work.

X-rays shown a Slightly Enlarged Heart -rather than being oval shaped it is more of a "D" shape- Vet seems to think with medication every thing will be fine.one else

This has me "Gun Shy" as I am afraid to run her.

Wondering if anyone else has had similar issues


Thanx

Jim
 

andrew

Caretaker
Staff member
Slightly enlarged, or damaged in some way or something that has been there, but just now showing up?
You seem to wonder if the Vet is missing something. The Vet wants to give medicine, but what does the medicine do?
The University of Maryland has a Veterinary college. I wonder if asking them for their opinion would help? Maybe they will get a better understanding for you than your Vet did. She is still a young dog who I hope will be with you many more years so she is worth getting that 2nd opinion.
 

andrew

Caretaker
Staff member
I was going to ask you to let us know how it turns out. Please share what you learn.
 

.REBEL

Active Member
Keep us posted.I am well aware of second opinions from what i am facing and going through with my health at present, fortunately i do have Doctors i have used in the past and have confidence in them, but they are in NE Alabama and NW Georgia.
 

andrew

Caretaker
Staff member
You folks are aware that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their graduating class?
I don’t say that to be funny, but to point out that doctors don’t know everything. Ask questions and demand answers. If they are not answering your questions the way they should, then find another doctor. Doctors should be our partner for good health, not a dictator.
 

andrew

Caretaker
Staff member
I wonder what happened to Hippy? I hope everything worked out for his hound.
 

Hippy

Member
Sorry for not getting back to this post--Life got in the way, that happens a lot. I was able to get out this past weekend and all went well had several good chases all in all Hope was down with two other gyps and held her own she was on the ground for better than 3 hrs and was in a little better shape than the other gyps.
Believe me I was "Gun Shy" when I left her down

Andrew I got in touch with the University of Md BUTT there vet school is actually in Va -never heard of that

Jim
 

andrew

Caretaker
Staff member
Jim, thanks for getting back. I have been all over the Northeast. My wife is from New Jersey. I've been all over Pennsylvania which is near Maryland. I have read about Veterinary schools, and research in that area, and thought they could help you, but I also did not know the University of MD was actually located in Virginia. Maybe too far away to be of much help, but if you ran her 3 hours with no problems, maybe she is going to be OK? That is good news for sure. :D
 
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