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Old 08-15-2011, 07:19 PM
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Hello all,
i came across this forum when researching about congestive heart disease in chihuahuas. last night my 12 year old chihuahua Pip became very ill - was very weak, was sick, breathing very heavily and collapsed. took him to the vet who said he was dehydrated and they would put him on a drip to give him some fluids, he also noticed a heart murmur.
This morning he phoned us and said there is fluid on his lungs and he has congestive heart failure... at one point today Pip went very downhill and was struggling to breathe so he is now in an oxygen chamber, we went to visit him and it was very upsetting to say the least. hes been given all the medication he can and now we must wait. they are hoping he survives the night but it is not definite, if he does survive he only has a few months left anyway. we are PRAYING he pulls through and we have a few more lovely months with him.
I can see how much everyone on here cares about their little chihuahuas and I of course am the same, i'm joining this community at a tough time but i have found reading some posts is helping me through. I am 21 and Pip was my 10th birthday present from my mum he is so so loyal and good natured. this is so sudden and such a shock for us - i'm not ready to lose him yet.

Any comments very much appreciated...
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:10 PM
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Oh i'm so sorry,don't give up hope he's in the best place."hugs" please keep us updated there's a lot of people on here that will know what you're going through
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It sounds like the vets are doing everything they can for him! It must be really hard for you!
We will light our healing candle for him tonight.
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I am so sorry.

You may have seen a post from me, I cannot remember if I posted my Mick's story, but it is very much as yours. I have been where you are.

He was also 12 and he developed a coughing sound and seemed not to want to eat. It seemed that he was having trouble breathing one night so we rushed him to the ER vet to receive the same diagnosis. Congestive heart failure. Enlarged heart and lots of fluid.

Stayed on oxygen there overnight and I picked him up the next day to be on oxygen at our vets office for the day.

He made it and was put on diuretics and heart medication. They said that we had 3 months with him. To get him to eat, I made his food. This also ensured that I could lower his protein and watch sodium. I would have done anything!!

We had him, happily another 8 months. That was a gift!

I will be eager to see if you offer us an update. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
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thank you so so much everyone! it really is touching, I'm just trying to get everyone to think positive thoughts for him
Karen - I did read your post about Mick and it is extremely comforting to know that someone has gone through exactly what I am going through at the moment. it's wonderful you had him with u longer than was expected. I have no idea what is going to happen with pippy but he is a little fighter (he broke both his front legs when he was a pup and hes always been a bit wonky bless him!) I know i am not the only one whos chihuahua has suffered like this - and its absolutely heartbreaking.
thank you again i'll try and post again tomorrow...
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Sending positive thoughts for a quick response to the treatment....sorry your little one is ill....always so scary....
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I'm so very sorry. I will be keeping you and your little sweetie in my thoughts and hoping he has a good response to treatment. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way. Please keep us posted. xx
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I am so sorry to hear your boy isn't doing well . I hope you are able to spend a few more months with him.
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