Rated 5 out of 5 Worth every penny!
Duke is our 11 yr.Terrier mix...looks like Toto in the W of Oz but a bit bigger. But really could be his twin. In mid-December, (Dec of 2009) we were out for our morning walk. I got a little ahead of him and looked back and he was down on the ground and out cold. I freaked, thought I had lost him. Well, a few seconds later (seemed like hours!) he came too. Well, he had passed out. The reason...pulmonary edema (fluid of lungs) due to conjestive heart failure. Basically, because of the fluid in and around his lungs, he couldn't breath and passed out. Later, the EKG confirmed the heart condition and the Doc informed us of the reality...maybe 6 months to a year to live. We immediately got him on Benzopril and Fuerosomide. He improved pretty dramatically within a day or so. His breathing was less labored. We stopped walking him and outdoor activity was limited to our back yard. His mood was fair. His sleeping was pretty good and he was able to sleep on his side fairly comfortably. His breathing was pretty good, not great. I could still here him wheeze a tad during his sleep but he was ok. We have three other dogs, so he wasn't lonely but its was a struggle keeping him calm. We even put a sign on our front door saying "please don't knock" because he would bark himself to death otherwise. Nevertheless, the Benzopril and Fuerosomide were working pretty well, but still you could tell he wasn't 100%. His appetite was ok. Most of the time he was sort of hungry and he'd eat, but then some days he wouldn't eat at all. By the end of Feb (roughly 2 1/2 months later) and within 1 day, I noticed an immediate and dramatic decline marked by labored breathing and wheezing, discomfort laying down on his stomach and some coughing. Well, again, my wife and were preparing for the worst. Well, that's when the Doc said it was time to put him on the Vetmedin (along with the Fuerosomide and Benzopril). Well, folks, WOW, what a turnaround! He is like a puppy and his appetite is voracious! It's just incredible. In fact, I have to feed him by hand now because he was enhaling his food soooo fast, he truly almost passed out. And it wasn't a heart-related thing. He was just sucking down his food! Well, today is April 1, 2010. It's only been 3 1/2 months since the original diagnosis and only a month since we started the Vetmedin. But, I have to say, these past 30 days have been worth every penny of the cost and a true joy! Initially, and sadly, the reality was, we were basically watching Duke die, day by day. But now, since starting him on Vetmedin...he truly acts like a silly, young, loveable puppy! The reality...we don't know how long this will last. And we take our "gift" one day at a time. But so far, every day has been wonderful! He does cough a couple times a day, usually when he's been lying on his side and wakes up too fast. But he sleeps so peacefully now (and while on his side). His breathing is silent and calm. Yes, I guess Vetmedin is expensive (around $70ish), but our 15 year old Golden is on Deremaxx for his arthritis and it is equally as expensive. My point...it is worth it. If I felt like we were simply pumping Duke with drugs to satisfy our selfish needs, I would not let it happen. I highly reccomend it.
April 1, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 More Time
My Akita/Malamute mix has been on this miracle drug for 6 months. The left side of his heart is enlarging and will eventually take him, but there has been no enlargement in the past 6 months, he is breathing better and has so much energy that I can hardly keep up with him! He is also on Enalapril, Furosimide and Digoxin. I can't believe the change in him since we added Vetmedin.
March 12, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 Miracle drug
Our beagle was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at the end of May 2009. He was put on a 10 pill a day regime. Five in the morning and 5 at night. We have been told he will only be with us for less than a year but now he is showing no signs of letting go. All he wants are his pills and his treats. He has to have his blood checked every 3 months to regulate it but the doctor says he is doing fine. Very fiesty for a beagle. Hoping to have a few more years with him.
January 27, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 Mollie (Miss Magusila)
I have a 13 y.o. cocker spaniel (adopted her about 2 years ago). After about 6 months she started wheezing and coughing. Took her to the Vets and she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart (so much fluid, you could barely see the heart in her x-rays). The Vets started her on Lasix and Enalipril which worked great for about a year. A few months ago she started lagging and wheezing and the doctor up her doses (1 x daily to 2 x daily) and added Vetmedine. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! She is also on Thyroid meds. She is so energetic and happy; The Vet is alwyas saying how much energy she has and how happy she is. I had never heard of this medicine prior to a few months ago but am very glad it is available.
January 22, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 the miracle drug
A miracle drug! My griff now over 14 was put on vetmedin in Nov 2007 at the time he wasn't expected to live more than a few hours. what a change within a few hours he was breathing better and improved dramatically within a couple of weeks. He is holding his own with no coughing or struggling to breath. I have had two plus years more with him and may have many more days. Each day is a blessing. My shih tzu 13 has been put on it now and is doing much better with no coughing. I reccomend it highly even with the cost. It's worth it!
January 6, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 My baby boykin spaniel started on enalapril and vetmedin with lasix 2x a week. She is wonderful now, but had us very scared, when we found out it was her heart. I still worry everytime she acts different though and wonder how long this will work for her.
May 20, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 Fabulous Drug for Severe Heart Failure
Our terrrior mix is 16 and we added this to her furosemide/enalpril mix in June and she has done well for the past 4 months. Just now have started to notice her breathing is a bit labored, so I'm sure the vet will adjust her dosage.
We are thrilled to have her active and enjoying our time left with her.
October 29, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 WONDER MEDICINE
THIS MEDICINE HAS SAVED OUR CHICHUA! Rambo was already on Lasix and Enalapril, when he had an attack one evening. We thought he was having a heart attack. His vet added the Vetmedin to his routine and has been great ever since. He has had a noticeable improvement in his breathing and coughing. Must take as prescribed. Expensive through the local vet though! order on line!
July 21, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 Scruffy is like a puppy
My 13 year old cockapoo was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Disease over 15 months ago. He was coughing constantly and having difficulty breathing. He also has Addison's disease, which he has had since he was 6 years old. and being treated with monthly injections. Our vet said we could try some meds and see if that helped the CHF. In addition to Vetmedin, he is on Analapril, Enlophidine, Digoxin and Lasix. It sounds like a lot (and it does cost!) but he is like a little puppy now. People can't believe all the health issues he has! I truly see why they say a dog is a man's (in this case, woman's ) best friend!
June 7, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 Great Results
in March of 2007 our 12 year old mix was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, the Vet gave him a prognosis of 6-12 months...15 months later the Vet is now more concerned with his arthritis....in terms of his breathing function I'd say he has only declined about 10% since diagnosis, and his quality of life is still pretty good. :-)
May 31, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 Don't wait
We had an older dog, a Shih Tzu mix, who had a congestive heart failure only after 6 months we adopted him. We were told by our regular veterinarian that we should prepare ourselves for the 'end'. Upon recommendations, we took the dog to a vet. cardiologist, and along with other medicines (including Viagra), he lived 2 more years before he succumbed to the disease. About 3 years ago, this drug was not approved in USA, so we were ordering it online, from overseas. The drug increases the quality and longevity of the animal. We have another dog with the same disease, and he uses the same drug now. Dogs with mitral valve disease may live up to 2 years or more if they are taken care of, although it gets really expensive to take care of such a dog.
May 30, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 More Time
My 9 y/o Dalmatian, Bandit, was diagnosed with degenerative mitral valve disease in 2007.He was put on CQ10, Taurine, Enalapril, Spironolactone, L-Carnitine and Salmon Oil Caps. Progression has been rapid. The Cardio Vet said I may only have a couple of weeks, maybe months with him as he was categorized severe at the end of Dec. 2007 from the leak being bigger.
In Jan 2008, Vetmedin and Lasix was added to the routine by our regular Vet practice.
It is now mid-May, and he is doing as well as can be expected. His energy levels are moderate compared to before. And his being on Vetmedin has given me ( and his sister) more quality time with him. I count myself lucky to have another day with him!
May 15, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 A miracle!
Our 13 year old Brittany Spaniel, "Brittany" has had a heart murmur for several years and last fall she was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. We were certain we were going to lose her pretty quickly but our Vet worked with us adjusting medicine, adding medicines, etc. when he said we could try Vetmedin. He hadn't used it on any other dogs but was reading good things about it. I'd say it is close to a miracle how she responded to it. Her breathing and coughing have greatly improved and while she isn't out pheasant hunting like years ago, her quality of life is so much better. And most of all, it is giving us all more time to spend together.
May 2, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 Don't wait to start it
A newer medicine for congestive heart failure(CHF). Our Cavlier Spaniel, age 7 with leaky valves couldn't even get up. After 2 days on it he can run around again. Studies show adding this drug early once CHF is diagnosed prolongs life. Our first vet said could start it if we want, but with his severe disease, it was no choice. Its used in combination with Enalapril and Lasix.
April 26, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 A life saver
In only 6 days there was marked improvement in my dog's energy. His breathing was not as laborious as it had been at times like after walks and simple feats like climbing on his favorite chair. In combo with the famous heart cocktail furosemide and enalapril, the prognosis looks promising for now. Although quite expensive, this particular drug has to be considered if you choose to prolong life with quality. Hoping for many more months and years if he's willing to keep me company.
March 6, 2008