DogDaz Zoo: Charles’ 2d Chance

21 Mar

On February 17, Charles had a grand mal seizure. It was very scary for all of us. We started him on Phenobarbital, a drug that is used to treat seizures. He continued to have what we thought were smaller petite mal seizures every few days after that. The vet gave us Diazepam as a rescue drug for when the seizures happen, this was to try and stop what they call ‘cluster’ seizures (one right after another, which is common). But something continued to not be right. Even the smallest excursion was causing him to collapse. Was it the seizure disorder or something else?

You may not remember but Charles has a heart murmur and an enlarged heart. On March 7 we went back to the vet because of multiple collapsing episodes. She said his chest sounded OK and we should continue with the pheno as prescribed. Pheno can take several weeks to kick in. But…things still did not seem right.

I emailed the vet on March 15 and sent a video of him collapsing. Late afternoon, she prescribed a heart medicine called VetMedIn (pimobendan), which improves the efficiency of each heartbeat so that it doesn’t have to work so hard, in addition to the Pheno. I picked it up after work on March 16. I was worried about getting him to take it because it is a large pill for a little dog, so we decided to wait until the morning.

4 AM, Friday, March 17, before we could even start the VetMedIn, Charles went into congestive heart failure. His little heart was racing a million miles a minute. He was panting and wheezing. Off to the Vet we went as soon as they opened. On X-ray, the lungs showed fluid building up around the heart. The vet asked us if we were ready to make the very hard choice about his quality of life.

But… there was one other medicine that we could add to the mix and see if that could help – Lasix, a diuretic. We opted to give it a try. What was the worse that could happen since he already was so weak. We carried him up and down the stairs in the house; we carried him outside to the bathroom; we did not let him exert himself at all if we could stop him.

March 21 – SPRING – and he seems back to his old self. Hungrier than usual but stubborn and sassy and just being Charles. Now he refuses to be carried and wants to do everything by himself. Prayers are still needed, but right now we are extremely happy that he is still with us. Spring and medical intervention have given Charles a second chance. Bang those healing drums and thank modern science for medicines that work.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on March 21, 2023 in Dogs


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14 responses to “DogDaz Zoo: Charles’ 2d Chance

  1. Sandy Steinruck

    March 21, 2023 at 12:57

    Sending lots of prayers for Charles!! Hopefully now he is on the “right” cocktail.


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    • DogDaz

      March 21, 2023 at 14:39

      Yes, we are hopeful. He scares us a lot lately. 🤞🏻


  2. cravesadventure

    March 21, 2023 at 13:11

    MIGHTY Charles hear him WOOF! Poor little dude 😦 So glad he is doing so much better now – YAY 🙂

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    • DogDaz

      March 21, 2023 at 14:40

      Thanks. Woof woof woof


  3. Genevieve Petrillo

    March 21, 2023 at 16:14

    So scary! Oh Charles – you have been very brave and ditto your family. Hang in there, little buddy, and let those medicines do their job! Prayer are continuing to come your way.

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    • DogDaz

      March 22, 2023 at 13:26

      Thank you. This is not fun and so far so good.

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  4. Doug Thomas

    March 22, 2023 at 04:37

    I hope the latest medication combo does the trick. Poor doggy! I’m happy for him and you that you decided you could help him have a good life, with effort!

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    • DogDaz

      March 22, 2023 at 12:50

      Thanks. It is always hard to know what to do in these situations. We are hoping for the best.


    • DogDaz

      March 24, 2023 at 15:57

      He is well worth it, but driving us crazy


  5. easyweimaraner

    March 22, 2023 at 04:39

    all our good wishes to charles… potp and hope and lots of luck of the irish… if there is still something in the air…

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    • DogDaz

      March 22, 2023 at 12:51

      Luck of the Irish is a good thing all month I think. And, this little guy is a lucky one so far this month.


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