It’s been a rough week going back and forth to the vet. It started with Dotty getting her teeth cleaned. She had a cough for about four days following but otherwise seemed ok. Upon calling the vet about the cough I was told this was normal and it it continued over the weekend to bring her back in. Yesterday we noticed that her breathing was very labored, then today she started shaking uncontrollably. Thor was already at the vet for his teeth cleaning so they asked me to bring Dotty in when I picked up Thor. After a thorough exam and a couple x-rays the vet discovered the problem.
Dotty is in Congestive Heart Failure and her heart is very enlarged. In addition she has pockets of water she retaining all over and she has a mass in her gallbladder that they aren’t sure what it is.
The vet has started her on some medication to help get the water out of her system as well as meds that will help her heart. The prognosis isn’t great though. If we caught it in enough time we may have 24 months with her, but if we didn’t it might be as little as 12 months.
I’m just heart sick over all this. She is my first dog that was all mine. I’ve had her since she was seven weeks old and she’s been by my side for over eight years. She’s such a sweet girl with an amazing temperment, always gentle, always happy to see you when you walk thru the door. She’s can be sassy at times and has a feisty little attitude. I don’t know where to put these feelings about losing my little four legged companion, but I do know that she has had a wonderful life, has been loved deeply, and spoiled like a princess. All of those things will continue until she takes her last breath.