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  1. Legs update: his eye is FINALLY healing!! It's like 75% better. Remend really works well. I'm soo glad we were able to avoid surgery. Thanks again for all the help
  2. Thank you all SO MUCH! If it's not better in a couple weeks using the Remend, i will take him to an ophthalmologist. I love my vet but obviously this isn't her area of expertise. I'm so glad i posted here! Thanks again.
  3. thank you so much everyone!! My vet did not mention the procedure to scrape the eye, but I will definitely ask her about it. It sounds a lot less invasive & traumatic than sewing his eye shut!! I am also glad to hear others have been through this will positive results. I feel a little more hopeful now. I GT
  4. No, but he has been up until today. From now on just the Remend & ak-poly-bak. That is interesting, def something I will ask my vet about, thank you!
  5. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts. About 3 weeks ago, I noticed Legs squinting his left eye. The night before he was completely fine, & then in the morning he was squinting. It didn't improve the next day, so I took him to the vet. She found a large ulcer (in the perfect shape of a heart, which is apparently rare since all the techs came to take pictures ) & sent us home with neomycin/polymyxin B/gramicidin to put in his eye every 4 hrs. A week went by & I did not see any improvement so I took him back. The ulcer appeared worse, so she added ak-poly-bac every 2 hrs. That was 2 weeks ago. I took him in again today & it doesnt look much better at all. Now we are trying Remend 2x/day as well. She said if it's not better in 2 weeks he needs his eye sewn shut for a couple weeks so it can heal. I am freaking out! Legs also has multiple heart problems so putting him under anesthesia is a big risk. The cone he has to wear is totally stressing him out & he's been having more episodes where he can't catch his breath & his back legs collapse (b/c of his heart). This poor dog can't catch a break! I have absolutely no idea what even happened. Anyway has anyone dealt with this? Is the treatment correct so far?
  6. Oh Carol, my heart went into my throat when I saw his name. I'm so sorry that you lost your sweet old man. I know exactly how you feel. Sending much love from me & the boys
  7. Many of you know Legs has quite a few issues with his heart including DCM, arrhythmias & premature ventricular contractions. He's on a bunch of meds which have seemed to help. He still has occasional scary episodes but they have decreased a lot since I now know what's wrong & don't allow him to run or exercise at all when the sun is out. Anyway, the last couple of weeks he has only been picking at his breakfast, which is VERY out of character. He's a total chow hound. He's also been coughing a bit here & there, but nothing too alarming - I probably would not have even noticed if it were another dog. But last night, he woke me up coughing for a good 10 mins I know coughing is not a good sign. I emailed my vet to see what she thinks. I'm guessing he'll need yet another ultrasound to see what's going on & if we should change/add to his meds. I'm worried. It's very stressful living w/ the constant fear that his heart will stop working at any moment.
  8. Finally an update! Something happened to the lab computer so my vet just got his test results. Even without recording an episode, the report found that in addition to DCM he also has increased ventricular premature contraction (VPC) & increased super ventricular tachycardia (SVT) :( He is now going to take Sotalol in addition to the Vetmedin to see if it helps. eta - I have no idea what any of this means. So anyone with experience I would love to know anything you can tell me.
  9. thanks so much, that does work. but I only managed to get 2 of 6 off so far He kept yelping & there is even a small cut where one corner was especially stuck. This is awful. I put a lot of goop around the edges & will try again in the morning.
  10. question - he has large square stickers on his naked chest that the wires were attached to. i can't get them off! i think last time they were way smaller. i tried wetting them, and then i tried oil. they are really on there good & since he has no hair it is just thin delicate skin. how can i get them off?? he's a tired pup!
  11. Well, Legs stumped us all My vet called me yesterday afternoon saying that 3 different techs took him out running & they were all about to faint, but Legs was fine I went there so a tech & I could take him to a nearby dog park, thinking that would definitely do the trick. This dog has not run in at least 6 months & is never outside during the heat of the day. He cruised around the dog park in the hot sun with a thick neoprene vest & had NO problems. Of course, this is good, but we won't know what is happening when he does have an episode. He is still wearing the heart monitor vest for a few more hours here at home. I am going to take him on one last walk & then we send it in for results. I'm sure it did record some useful info, but it is so frustrating! I swear my vet thinks I have munchausen (kidding, she's seen him on video multiple times, & of course saw his heart on the u/s). I just don't understand how it can be so random & never happens when he is at the vet. I am wondering if adrenaline is having an effect, or something. Wow, this is so great to hear. Thank you!!! And thank you all so much for checking in on Leggy. I really appreciate it.
  12. Thanks so much for checking in on Legs!! He is at the vet today for his testing. I have no idea if I will know anything today or not, but it's usually at least a few days before results. I am a little nervous since the goal is to make him have an "episode", but he is the in best hands so I'm sure he'll be just fine.
  13. Oh, it's not today. The vet has to order the monitor so probably sometime next week. Thanks so much everyone!!
  14. Thanks guys He has episodes anyway so it's not like they want to do something totally crazy, but I can't help but worry about my big guy The cardio did say that Legs' heart muscles look stronger since starting the meds so that's really good!!
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