So as you read in this post, Rocky had a rough time lately.
Our original appointment was to be Monday the 16th with a Cardiologist. This past Monday, Pixie developed a cough out of nowhere, so I took her up to my vet and I also brought Rocky with me so I could update her about him. Man, am I glad I did that. Pixie just had a cold, so that was easy but then she looked at Rocky. I told her I had an appointment next Monday and her eyes got huge. She said that was way too long to wait, since we really have no idea how serious his condition is until then, and honestly, we could lose him before then. She told me she could get me into see someone who specialist in Echocardiograms and heart stuff and I could see him Wednesday. I took the appointment.
|We brought Dino along.... you know... the toy he's obsessed with from this post.|
I took off work on Wednesday and was literally worried sick up until we got there. I was so afraid something could happen to him before then. Once there, Rocky was not a happy camper once he got shaved a bit and had some jelly on him. He retreated to his carrier immediately and pouted!
I was shocked to learn that his heart murmur was only a 3/6 rather than the dramatic 6/6 the Emergency Vet gave us. Phew!!! After the Echo scans, I left so confused as I couldn't understand half of the words he said. I cried the whole way home. I still didn't understand the damn diagnosis because a million words were thrown at me. When I got home I left a message for my regular vet. I was in the middle of sobbing, thinking that Rocky had a few months left to live, when she called me back. She had the paperwork already from the doctor we had just seen. So I asked her to read everything to me and explain it to me in the way she always does. (I seriously love her!) Rocky was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Endocardiosis. Basically, the left side of his heart is enlarged and the walls are thicker and it makes it difficult to get the blood to his Aortic Chamber. The doctor is putting him on Enalapril. Dogs with this issue can live for many years with pills. Many of my friends have dogs that lived for 4-6 more years! It's not as serious as what we originally thought it was (Cardiomyopathy). I am SO SO SO RELIEVED!!!!!!!!!!
The shock of everything has worn off and life is getting back to normal. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes!!!
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