It is a roll of dice with Cavaliers with Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) when you get that first sound of a murmur. Primrose's Dad, Charlie is over 13 and has only just started heart medications, her Mum, Ysobel's murur was first detected at just over 5 years old, and she is now over 12 years old and has yet to show any signs of Chronic Heart Failure (CHF). Unfortunately, her daughter, Primrose has not been so lucky. A slight murmur detected at just over five, and she turned 9 years old in August. All seemed well, she then had a problem with what was thought mild collapse of her trachea, which has settled down. Her heart murmur was getting louder, but the vet still considered her in good enough health to do a dental if I wished.
Then a couple weeks ago I noticed her Respiratory Rate at rest was increasing, and around 10 days ago I took her to the vets, and what I suspected was diagnosed. She was accumulating fluid on her lungs. She has entered the CHF stage. So she has now been put on Vetmedin and frusemide. By the next morning the frusemide had really done the trick, and a few days later on visiting the vets again, he was happy to give me a prescription for three months of Vetmedin and frusemide. I of course had to ask for a prescription. If I had got the Vetmedin from the vet it would of cost me for 90 x 1.25 mg tablets £53.43, but on the internet I sourced the same amount for only £18. With £12 for the prescription and £2.99 for post and packaging, I still saved £20.44. That's around a 200% markup at the vets for Vetmedin from what you can source it for over the internet.
She is doing really well at the moment on her medications and you would struggle to know anything was wrong with her, at a glance, until you place your hand against her rib cage over her heart. We now are in to How long is a piece of string? territory, but I know one thing, which I told the vet, as he spoke about the plethora of drugs we could use to give Primrose more time. "It's not about quantity now, it's about quality!"
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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