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hi all

 

 

I have a beautiful boy who is 5 1/2 years old who's diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. he was diagnosed at 2 1/2 and we didn't think he'd make his 3rd birthday; this is a very difficult condition to treat. luckily, with medication, he's been stable over the last 11 months although he's recently begun to display symptoms again. we are wondering if anyone else is dealing with this issue. don't laugh :lol our boy (Jimmy) is on viagra for this condition but it's worked well. :blush did some research on how to purchase this medicine on line because it's extremely expensive. we would like to share our experience and resources with others. Is there any other grey owners out there with this issue???? :blink: we thought we were the only ones and have looked desperately for information. let us know.

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we had a recent relapse in symptoms which is not good news and working with Jimmy's cardiologist to figure out next steps for his care. :dunno If anyone has seen this diagnosis in their grey, we would love to hear from you about how things are going.

thanks for your help :beatheart

 

Lisa with Jimmy and brother Fire and kitty companion Sunday

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Guest LynnM

When I worked for a vet, we mostly saw this in smaller dogs.

 

Of course we always joked with owners about how it looked when they picked up their dogs' meds at the pharmacy. "No really, it's for the dog!"

 

Lynn

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thanks for the reply Lynn; do you have any ideas of the outcome of those dogs you saw with this problem? we feel lucky that Jimmy is around 3 years after his diagnosis but concerned of course. good to know other docs are also prescribing viagra for this condition. it seems to be working except for the recent relapse. we are wondering about prognosis. :candle

 

thanks to all who reply. :gh_lay

 

Lisa

 

(jimmy, fire & sunday)

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Lisa,

 

Sorry to hear that Jimmy's had a relapse :( I hope he's feeling better these days. It's getting so warm for him now too.

As always, scritches to everyone from us.

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Don't really have much to add as I haven't had to treat any Greyhounds with pulmonary hypertension... or many dogs at all for that reason. Your best source of information will really be the cardiologist who will know the severity of the disease, other complicating factors and would be more likely to have treated other similar problems.

 

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My Pearl was diagnosed with hypertension several years ago. I don't know if 'hypertension' and 'pulmonary hypertension' are one in the same.

 

But currently she's on enalapril, norvasc and phenoxybenzamine for that. (dig and lasix for her heart....valvular disease).

 

We just got her hypertension under control this year (she's 10 1/2). One of the things that her cardiologist thought was causing her high BP was pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenals). So I took the chance and put her under anesthesia for a CT. While under we also had an abscessed tooth removed. That had been mis-diagnosed for 6 months previous as myocytis. Due to the hypertension, at the time we chose to only treat it with monthly antibiotics. But since I needed the CT done, we had the tooth removed too. The CT was negative, but her BP came under control after her tooth was removed.

 

Final diagnosis.........abscess tooth caused kidney disease (glomerulonephitis) which caused the hypertension. Her kidney disease is not too bad, it has stopped progressing, her BP is nice and stable now at about 150 (it had spiked to over 240). And she feeling way better.

She is still on her meds.

 

I hope that helps.

 

 

 

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My Kona was being treated for hypertension from kidney failure. She was on amlodipine besy, benazepril HCL and Omega3 capsules for several months in addition to a home-made diet.

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My Pearl was diagnosed with hypertension several years ago. I don't know if 'hypertension' and 'pulmonary hypertension' are one in the same.

 

But currently she's on enalapril, norvasc and phenoxybenzamine for that. (dig and lasix for her heart....valvular disease).

 

We just got her hypertension under control this year (she's 10 1/2). One of the things that her cardiologist thought was causing her high BP was pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenals). So I took the chance and put her under anesthesia for a CT. While under we also had an abscessed tooth removed. That had been mis-diagnosed for 6 months previous as myocytis. Due to the hypertension, at the time we chose to only treat it with monthly antibiotics. But since I needed the CT done, we had the tooth removed too. The CT was negative, but her BP came under control after her tooth was removed.

 

Final diagnosis.........abscess tooth caused kidney disease (glomerulonephitis) which caused the hypertension. Her kidney disease is not too bad, it has stopped progressing, her BP is nice and stable now at about 150 (it had spiked to over 240). And she feeling way better.

She is still on her meds.

 

I hope that helps.

 

actually, pulmonary hypertension and "regular" hypertension are different. Jimmy also takes enalapril in addition to the viagra and baby aspirin he's on. This condition involves his lungs and heart and causes him to have these "episodes" where he can't stand and his heart rate either drops dramatically or races and he is in danger of having a stroke. I will keep good thoughts for your girl. :rolleyes:

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thanks to all for your compassionate replies.

 

tonight I had a chance to speak with Jimmy's cardiologist and given that he's had this relapse after being stable for many months, we are going to monitor him at this point and hope that it does not mean any deterioration in the functioning of his heart. It' s been challenging living with this chronic (and probable terminal condition) for the last 4 years especially since he was only 2 years old when he came to us and we figured we had a long time before any health concerns! In the meantime, we are going to let him enjoy each day and revel in his love of life and hope he will be here for a long time. :beatheart:heart

 

To anyone else who reads this post who comes across the same health problem, please let us know.

 

to our great friends at TBH--we will see you soon. can't wait to find out how Berkie is doing. :wave

 

thanks from Lisa, Jimmy :gh_bow Fire :gh_run2 & kitty Sunday

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Just thought of something.... check your weather reports. Was this your first big heat/humidity wave? Cardiac patients often have a bit of trouble with the first big weather change of the year.

 

Lynn

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Just thought of something.... check your weather reports. Was this your first big heat/humidity wave? Cardiac patients often have a bit of trouble with the first big weather change of the year.

 

Lynn

 

you're right with the thought about the heat. we have to take care in any extreme of weather, either hot or cold but the heat is much worse. however, it was not a particularly warm day when he had this sudden onset of symptoms. I was home from work a week in April when it was in the 80's here and both boys were outside with me much of the time without a problem. we do have to take extra care in the summer; of course he's black so he really absorbs the sunshine. we'll take extra care and keep a close eye.

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hi all;

 

we continue to do well and I'm glad in many respects that no one has replied to the post with similar problems. we are stable on this end of the world but please notify us if your grey is suddenly diagnosed with this condition. I was in tears when Jimmy was given the diagnosis because the prognosis was so poor(at age 2 1/2!!) :(

 

Luckily we've had good luck with his medication :) so please contact us if you come across a similar problem-we understand

 

 

 

Lisa

 

Jimmy, Fire & kitty Sunday

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Lisa,

 

We've been thinking about you guys with the wicked heat and humidity. Hope al remains well.

 

Kerri

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we continue to do well and I'm glad in many respects that no one has replied to the post with similar problems. we are stable on this end of the world but please notify us if your grey is suddenly diagnosed with this condition.

Thankfully we've not had that problem. Sorry your boy does but very glad it seems to be under control again. Hope he is with you for a long time to come.

 

So does your online order of his meds come in a plain brown wrapper? ;)

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we continue to do well and I'm glad in many respects that no one has replied to the post with similar problems. we are stable on this end of the world but please notify us if your grey is suddenly diagnosed with this condition.

Thankfully we've not had that problem. Sorry your boy does but very glad it seems to be under control again. Hope he is with you for a long time to come.

 

So does your online order of his meds come in a plain brown wrapper? ;)

 

 

Luckily the mailer is in a nondescript wrapper but the pills are in a suggestive wrapper which I don't think my boy would appreciate. :o

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we continue to do well and I'm glad in many respects that no one has replied to the post with similar problems. we are stable on this end of the world but please notify us if your grey is suddenly diagnosed with this condition.

Thankfully we've not had that problem. Sorry your boy does but very glad it seems to be under control again. Hope he is with you for a long time to come.

 

So does your online order of his meds come in a plain brown wrapper? ;)

 

 

Luckily the mailer is in a nondescript wrapper but the pills are in a suggestive wrapper which I don't think my boy would appreciate. :o

hi all;

 

we've had some set backs in symptoms but overall doing well. just giving a shout out if anyone else has the misfortune to have a grey diagnosed with this same condition, let me know so we can exchange stories. (but seriously hoping to not hear from anyone!)

 

Lisa,

 

Jimmy, Fire & their kitty Sunday

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Funny, I was thinking about your Jimmy the other day. Don't really know why because I have no experience at all with pulmonary hypertension. I'm happy for you that Jimmy seems to be holding his own lately and I will keep fingers crossed that he continues to do well.

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While my girl has a different problem, she's on a plethura of pills (15 per day). The only way I can afford this is by buying the meds at Costco. What would have costs $500 at the drugstore costs $50 at Costco. The membership is paid for in the first visit.

glad to hear that Costco has worked out for you. we have a BJ's membership but with Jimmy's meds it wasn't going to save us any money. It's amazing what prescriptions cost. good luck to your girl.

 

Funny, I was thinking about your Jimmy the other day. Don't really know why because I have no experience at all with pulmonary hypertension. I'm happy for you that Jimmy seems to be holding his own lately and I will keep fingers crossed that he continues to do well.

thanks so much for the well wishes. now that it's winter, things are definitely better. glad you don't have any experience with pulmonary hypertension & very happy that I haven't got any posts from other grey owners who have. Luckily it's not a common condition. It's really difficult to treat in people, never mind canines.

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Guest cynsamjar1

Actually they also give Viagra to humans to have pulmonary hypertension. I have also given patients inhaled Ventavis for this as well. Dont know if this is possible for doggies though!

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Actually they also give Viagra to humans to have pulmonary hypertension. I have also given patients inhaled Ventavis for this as well. Dont know if this is possible for doggies though!

 

I'll make sure to ask the cardiologist at our next visit. Thanks!!

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hey everyone;

 

we're stable and hanging in there. I'll keep checking in & let me know how other pups with cardiac issues are fairing.....it's tough with these chronic illnesses. On top of the pulmonary hypertension, Jimmy just got diagnosed with Lyme.......how the heck did that happen? we try to be on top of everything with the frontline. maybe the ticks started early this year. despite that, we're okay and enjoying each day.

 

Lisa, Jimmy & (brother) Fire :wave

:gh_run2

 

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still the same....Jimmy's stable on his meds for the heart....I keep checking in and glad to see that I haven't heard from anyone else with this health problem.. I can't believe Jimmy turned 7 in August and we didn't think he'd make it until he was 3.....a very terrible, difficult illness to treat in humans and pups. A big shout out to our cardiologist, Dr. Moses who really did "part the red sea" and offer us a way out when we thought we had no options. :yay

 

 

with thanks and hope for more good days,

 

Lisa, Jimmy, Fire and kitty Sunday.....oh yes....and their Dad.....Peter. :inlove

:gh_run2:gh_bow

 

 

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