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4467Re: [MVDincavaliers] Looking for information on signs of ruptured chordae

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  • Malou Liscom
    Jul 11, 2014
      Thanks for sharing your story which is very informative especially one of our Cavalier is under 3 medication cause of her heart. So far, Roxy is still her old happy self and great appetite. Everyday I pray for her recovery, we pray together and I put holy water from grotto Our Lady of Lourdes on her forehead (being catholic) and asking for her heart to heal and longer life.

      Molly and your family and all the CVKCs will be in my daily Prayers.

      take care!

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      From: Karin Corlett karinsellsre@... [MVDincavaliers] <MVDincavaliers@...>;
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      Subject: Re: [MVDincavaliers] Looking for information on signs of ruptured chordae
      Sent: Fri, Jul 11, 2014 10:24:39 PM


      Betsey, What a wonderful story!!!  To live almost 15 years is such a blessing... Thanks on your upbeat story regarding Cavs, we all needed that....
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      From: "'Betsey Lynch' cavalier@... [MVDincavaliers]" <MVDincavaliers@...>
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      Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 2:47 PM
      Subject: RE: [MVDincavaliers] Looking for information on signs of ruptured chordae

      Hi Mary—
      I had a Cavalier rupture a chord five or six years ago and that is exactly what she did…started with some coughing and then laid down and wouldn’t/couldn’t move and struggled to breathe.  This all happened within about a five or ten minute time span.  I rushed her to the cardiologist and she lived and had another 14 months of quality life before passing away just before her 15th birthday of something unrelated to her heart.
      I hope your girl is recovering well today.
      Betsey Lynch
      Delaware, OH
      From: MVDincavaliers@... [mailto:MVDincavaliers@...]
      Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 11:22 AM
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      Subject: [MVDincavaliers] Looking for information on signs of ruptured chordae
      We had to take our Cavalier, Molly, to the ER this morning.  She had been diagnosed with CHF several months ago and has had her ups and downs since then.  I thought we finally were getting everything worked out with the meds (Lasix, Benazepril, Spironolactone and Vetmedin) but apparently not.
      She just had an xray on Monday and complete bloodwork.  The xray is still showing some fluid in the lungs, so her Spironolactone was increased to twice a day (would have been starting today).  Bloodwork was okay except for slightly elevated BUN.
      She seemed perfectly fine this morning when she got up.  She started coughing when she was laying down in the kitchen waiting for breakfast.  Generally, she only coughs after drinking water and I hadn't seen her drink any water, so was a little concerned.  I got all of the food ready (we have several dogs) and proceeded to feed my other Cavaliers, who eat in another room.  Usually, Molly starts barking and dancing around as soon as I begin feeding everyone and this morning she didn't.  I didn't realize until I came back into the kitchen that she had gone into the family room and was laying down.  She didn't get up when I told her it was time to eat.  I even carried the food into the family room and she wouldn't move.  She just laid there wagging her tail but not even lifting her head up.  After a few minutes, my husband tried standing her up and she stood but was very woobly.  She didn't try to walk - just stood there.
      I immediately called the ER and told them we were bringing Molly in.  We lost one of our other Cavaliers in February, who also had CHF.  She died very suddenly after seemingly feeling fine and walking outside for about five minutes and then coming in and collapsing and dying in my husband's arms.  So, to say we are concerned right now is an understatement.  Lucy's respirations were 24 that morning - taken within a few minutes of her going outside.
      Of course, the cardiologist and intern are both out of town today.  The dr on call at the ER called and spoke with the cardiologist and she wants to do another xray and keep Molly there for at least the day.  She will be given a lasix injection and nitroglycerine along with her regular meds and be kept in oxygen.  They are thinking maybe there is more fluid in the lungs since the last xray (which was only a few days ago).  I asked about an U/S but since the cardiologist is out of town, there is no one to take it.  Also, the cardiologist does not feel it is necessary.  I asked about a possible ruptured chordae but they did not feel that is what happened because Molly was sitting up and responsive when they examined her.
      I know some on the list have had dogs with ruptured chordae and wondered if anyone could tell me a little about their dog's symptoms.  I've done some reading but really only know that there are several types of chordae as far as major or secondary (not sure those are the correct terms) and wonder if this could possibly be a secondary chordae.  The vets are saying no, but it doesn't make sense to me that Molly was perfectly fine (at least as good as could be expected for a dog with CHF) one minute and then refusing to get up the next minute.  Plus, Molly LOVES food and for her to suddenly not want to eat is a big warning sign that something is wrong.  If it was just fluid in her lungs, why would she have been waiting for breakfast one minute and then not wanting to move the next minute?
      Thanks for any help!  Right now, we are waiting to hear from the vet about her xray so don't know much more.

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