Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Jake

Today I took Jake back to the vet because his coughing hasn't stopped (see his blog). I dropped him off this morning for a day of x-rays and tests. He is in the early stages of congestive heart failure and will need to be treated with medication for the rest of his life. There is no guarantee that it will work, but we are sure hoping it does. I thought I had everything under control when I picked him up at the vet this evening, but I broke down and cried while the vet was talking to me and showing me his x-rays. He has an enlarged heart, a murmur, his lungs were filling with fluid, and he is slowly losing weight. If the meds work it's possible we could have him for a few more years, yeah!

12 comments:

T said...

oh I am so very sorry!
the meds will help. they will help him be comfrotable and slow down the fluid build up.
did they talk to you about diet?
that is another important thing too. check around on that.
I am sorry for this news. it is tough .

Kim said...

It's sad to think about loosing our pets; they are so dear to us. They really are a big part of our lives. I hope with the meds, Jake will be around for a good long time. He looks like a sweet doggie. Give him a pat for me.

Rachel said...

T- Yes they did discuss diet. They just said that he should be on a low salt diet. We need to buy him senior dog food and he is not to have salty people foods. We don't feed him people food anyhow, so that's not an issue.
He usually gives me an attitude when I take him to the vet, and he didn't this time. Maybe somehow he understands. ?

gmj said...

Love and prayers to you, yours and Jake.

Bethany said...

Poor Jakie... Bet he wouldn't have liked it if there was a puppy around today.

Rachel said...

Bethany- I think he would've been just fine with a puppy.

Priscilla said...

I'm sorry too. I hope everything improves!

Martha said...

I like Jakie Dog. He's always been sweet. I hope he's feeling better soon.

kristina said...

I am pullin' for ya Jake! He seems like a really great dog.

Gudl said...

I hope the meds will work! I am so sorry to hear about his troubles.
We love our animals so much, right?
I would have cried, too!
All the best! Keep us posted.

Shelly said...

So sorry to hear this!! I still miss Rocket even with the other two dogs... They become such a part of our families!!

Tracy said...

Oh poor Jakie. I'm sure the medications will help. Getting rid of some of the fluids should make a big difference for him.