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|OK, This section is written for all my puppy buyers whose puppies are no longer
you dog everyday for being your best friend. Tell them how much you love
Now lets talk about it.... As your Havanese ages, they slow down, just like us.. They
sleep alot, get grumpier and even some moaning cause those joints hurt. Just like
us. You will find lots of skin tags/warts/sebatious cysts. Call me if you find a lump
and I will walk you through how to tell its significance.
By the way, after 8 your dog is a senior.... time for senior foods, much lower in
salt.... And lets add in some omega oils (pills or drops are fine) Time for Co-Q10 as
well. And your dog should have been on Glucosamine and condroitin treats from
puppy hood. DO NOT stop these under any circumstances.
However, We are so lucky as Havanese owners, Havanese are not as prone to
Cancer and Lymphomas nearly as much as the bigger dog. However their are
certainly things I would say for you to expect as your dog ages. Heart Disease
There are three scenarios here.... 1) you take your dog to a routine heath visit and
oops the vet says I hear a murmur 2) your dog starts coughing 3) Your dog faints
and scares you half to death. Once you know the murmur is there, Please straight
to the Cardiologist.... (there are some I like better than others....again call me)......
This visit will be around $600.
Now the drugs begin... Initially your dog may just be put on a ACE inhibitor, like
Benezepril or Enalypril. Perhaps Spironlactone will be given as it has been found
to be a mild diuretic. Add I hope they put the dog on VETMEDIN (this seems to be a
wonderdrug......it can double your dogs lifespan after diagnosis. Plus your continue
to give your Drops.
So time goes on and your dog shows no signs or symptoms... But truthfully things
are going on inside the body... See our dogs have this amazing way of not showing
signs or symptoms till things are very progressed.. I spoke with my cardiologist
about this... good and bad... without symptoms we don't know things are
escalating and we just continue on our course, when inside things are going
Small things to watch for: Lets talk about the Resting Respiratory Rate... Please
remember most importantly this is ONLY done with the dog in a deep deep sleep.
Otherwise you will scare yourself to death. This number should be less than 25.
diagnosed with a heart condition... your cardiologist will want to know when this
number goes up.
Also Appetite: It can be very hard to get a dog to eat a low salt diet and therefore
they dog want to eat. In canned food, the Purina Proplan Salmon is an excellent
choice for an additive. However mine wanted nothing to do with it. So I called
every pet food company on the market and got the salt content and bought every
one and tried them all. My only success was with Royal Canine Mature Plus
canned formula which I added to a Nutro Senior Formula for small breeds (the
pellet is tiny and Grr only has about 8 teeth) Your dog MUST eat... eventually your
cardiologist will tell you what mine did.... Don't worry about the food, just get them
to eat.... Usually cesars works or even sometimes Cat food.... but mine eat. (Just a
note Grr lost 3 lbs in the first year of diagnosis)
That awful cough... I will try to catch a video of Tessa or Grr but you will know it....
at this point, it is time for a recheck as new drugs will probably be added..
Definitely for the Tramadol and Hydrocodone for the cough and aches and pains...
Give your dog its hydrocodone.... you wouldn't want to be coughing constantly and
it keeps the heart from working so hard.
Next comes another wonder drug... It has bought us another year of wonderful
life... Good Ole Viagra.... Viagra (sildenfil) is an amazing blood pressure regulator
and worth every penny... Cheapest place is with a sams PLUS membership, on the
$10 list. Otherwise a couple hundred a month.
I am going to continue this later, with talking about exercise, temperature and etc.
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|The Aging Dog