Old dog dieing of dilated cardiomyopathy-need helpful advice

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Brindlebtch, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Sally is down to her last few weeks. Almost 4 years ago she was given 4-6 months to live and the vet says it is amazing she has lived so long. Her heart fills her entire chest cavity. This is the genetic variety of dilated cardiomyopathy.

    She is still eating, but getting more selective, so she is starting to lose her appetite, but not quite yet. When she won't eat anymore then it will be time.

    Her abdomen started filling with fluid this week, so we drained some and put her on a higher dose of lasix yesterday. The majority of the fluid is gone this morning because we went in and out last night while she got rid of it. She feels pretty good this morning.

    The point of this - I need something that is very very tasty but low sodium and nutritious and high calorie. The vet wants to put her on Science Diet HD which I said OK to, because she is my neighbor, and actually bought a small bag and some cans. But I would rather feed her something else.

    She can't eat a lot at one time, so I am feeding her multiple small meals a day by hand when she will eat. Her heart is working so hard she needs lots and lots of tasty nutritious calories.

    Any suggestions or recipes would be appreciated.

    I can't get enough raw diet down her.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009
  2. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Nutro has an excellent senior diet food that is low in sodium but very nutritious. My picky old girl really likes it. Last days of a beloved companion are so hard. Hang in there.
  3. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind
    [​IMG] I'm so sorry to hear about Sally. I would also go with either the Nutro or SD. We gave our dog who had kidney failure that SD and it worked well for her up until the then. I hope she defies the odds again! [​IMG]
  4. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Thank you for the response. I will go get some nutro.
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I am so sorry, I agree, Nutro is great.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I am so sorry to hear this Brindle.
    When Charlie Girl was in the final stages of her cancer, the vet put her on prednisone. Without the pred. we would have had to put her done sooner. It allowed her to breathe easier and gave her an appetite.
    My thoughts are with you. I'll light a candle. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009
  7. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I was also wondering about the prednisone. My rat terrier was on that until the end. It is worth asking about anyway. I am so sorry about your Sally girl [​IMG]

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