I want to tell everyone about this, just in case there might be someone who doesn't know yet. About a year ago,
a medicine which was already being used for a few years in Eugope, was finally made available in the U.S. It is
called Vetmedin and is for the treatment of Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs. My Rudy has had an enlarged heart
and CHF since he turned 10 years old. Last spring, I found out about this medicine, which makes the heart beat
more efficiently and regularly. It is even supposed to tone the heart muscle, with use over time, and reduce the
size of the heart. I am happy to report that Rudy has been on this medication for around 10 months now. I noticed
a great improvement right away, for things like coughing, and being able to walk farther and even run a litte. After
10 months, though, now I am noticing some other great improvements. There is this syndrome of symptoms which
constitute a "spell of sickness" for dogs with CHF. It starts with coughing, progresses to trouble breathing, and
even has diarrhea and other GI symptoms. Now I am noticing that these spells of sickness are retreating and
happening further and further apart. It has now been over 3 months since the last time Rudy has had an attack.
He is even starting to want to play again. I am so happy because, since he was diagnosed, I have been working
very hard to give him his full life, and with enjoyment at that! Now, I have hope. He is now going on 15 years old
and we have come a long way. So, anyone who has a dog with this problem, talk to your Vet about Vetmedin.
My vet took a seminar on the drug; but, there still may be some vets who do not know about it. It is truly a miracle!