"Buddy" passed away today- need answers

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"Buddy" passed away today- need answers

Post by J » Tue, 29 May 2001 13:36:54



Today our 9.5 year old basset hound "Buddy" suffered a major heart failure due
to fluid in his lungs.  The Emergency room vet didn't answer my questions
about how fluid built up in his lungs. Buddy had a heart murmur and has had one
all his life.  On Friday we took him to our vet for a check up, because he had
lost his appetite and was losing weight.  Today he began having a hard time
breathing and by the time I got him to the vet he was almost passed out.  The
vet said that he was having a hard time breathing even with Oxygen.  So I am
trying to find out did the vet miss fluid in the lungs on Friday or could fluid
build up in 48 hours enough to push him over the edge.
Thanks for your assistance

 
 
 

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Post by oldmoll » Tue, 29 May 2001 19:50:04


chances are the fluid in his lungs was *because* of the heart problems. The
heart can,t work well enough to clear the fluid. My late father who had a
heart attack, had huge problems with fluid build up in his lungs before he
eventually died.

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> Today our 9.5 year old basset hound "Buddy" suffered a major heart failure
due
> to fluid in his lungs.  The Emergency room vet didn't answer my questions
> about how fluid built up in his lungs. Buddy had a heart murmur and has
had one
> all his life.  On Friday we took him to our vet for a check up, because he
had
> lost his appetite and was losing weight.  Today he began having a hard
time
> breathing and by the time I got him to the vet he was almost passed out.
The
> vet said that he was having a hard time breathing even with Oxygen.  So I
am
> trying to find out did the vet miss fluid in the lungs on Friday or could
fluid
> build up in 48 hours enough to push him over the edge.
> Thanks for your assistance

 
 
 

"Buddy" passed away today- need answers

Post by J. Scott Wees » Tue, 29 May 2001 21:55:45


Basically, fluid buildup in the lungs is caused by failure of the left
side of the heart. When the left side of the heart is not pumping
adequately, there is in increase in pressure in the *** vessels before
it...in the lungs. This increased pressure causes fluid to exit the
*** vessels and enter the lung tissue. This is called pulmonary edema.
In situations where pulmonary edema is caused by cardiac problems, the
condition is termed congestive heart failure. Failure of the right side
of the heart (which often occurs simultaneously) causes increased
pressure in the vessels coming from the rest of circulation and often
manifests itself in increased abdominal fluid and liver changes.

It's impossible to say whether the fluid detectable when the first vet
say your dog. It is very possible that heart failure had not progressed
to the point where the fluid was readily evident.

Scott Weese DVM, DVSc, DipACVIM

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> Today our 9.5 year old basset hound "Buddy" suffered a major heart failure due
> to fluid in his lungs.  The Emergency room vet didn't answer my questions
> about how fluid built up in his lungs. Buddy had a heart murmur and has had one
> all his life.  On Friday we took him to our vet for a check up, because he had
> lost his appetite and was losing weight.  Today he began having a hard time
> breathing and by the time I got him to the vet he was almost passed out.  The
> vet said that he was having a hard time breathing even with Oxygen.  So I am
> trying to find out did the vet miss fluid in the lungs on Friday or could fluid
> build up in 48 hours enough to push him over the edge.
> Thanks for your assistance

  jsweese.vcf
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"Buddy" passed away today- need answers

Post by Nancy Holmes or Nelson Ruffi » Tue, 29 May 2001 23:48:09


I think it goes the other way around - heart failure causes fluid build up
in the lungs which can lead to further heart stress depletes the oxygen
available etc. Once the heart hits a particular point of inefficiency the
fluid can build up fast.
Its awful losing a pet to any disease - my sympathies on your loss.
Nancy

Quote:

> Today our 9.5 year old basset hound "Buddy" suffered a major heart failure
due
> to fluid in his lungs.  The Emergency room vet didn't answer my questions
> about how fluid built up in his lungs. Buddy had a heart murmur and has
had one
> all his life.  On Friday we took him to our vet for a check up, because he
had
> lost his appetite and was losing weight.  Today he began having a hard
time
> breathing and by the time I got him to the vet he was almost passed out.
The
> vet said that he was having a hard time breathing even with Oxygen.  So I
am
> trying to find out did the vet miss fluid in the lungs on Friday or could
fluid
> build up in 48 hours enough to push him over the edge.
> Thanks for your assistance

 
 
 

"Buddy" passed away today- need answers

Post by shootingstar.. » Wed, 30 May 2001 11:17:25


well the question is did the vet tell you that your dog was in heart
failure or could be going into heart failure?  if so then he should have
either run some tests to confirm what was wrong. should have told you
what symptoms could be happening over the next few days to the dog.
could have given you some lasix to give as a preventive  etc. did the
vet give the dog lasix when he got in the office  etc? so many
unanswered questions. it does sound like  he should have made the
diagnosis of what was wrong when you brought the dog in and then there
are  meds that could have been given to the dog. i think lasix and
vasotec but dr. weese would know more about that.  you never said if he
gave any meds or even diagnosed it or did i misunderstand. if so sorry.
dr. weese can tell you what tests would have shown the enlarged heart
etc. i think a  x ray would have shown it and certain *** work dont on
the spot would have shown it. what would those tests be dr. weese?  but
you know i must also say here that your dog may not have lived longer
then a few months or even a year either way. but it seems that you
werent told what the problem was before you left the office or he would
have known to tell you what was likely to happen etc. . is that it?
well i am awaiting what *** tests and xrays would have shown the
problem anyway if dr. weese would fill us in? and may i add that i know
your pain and you feel that you let the dog down etc. but you did
everything right.  if there was a mistake in diagnosis it was not yours.
i have been there many times.  and as i say your dog may not have lived
much longer also either way and it is better to go quick then to suffer
as we all know. i am sorry for your loss . i have heard several people
tell me of this happening and there medicating at home etc only to have
the dog go in about 4 months if this will help you through the pain.