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Sadly, Geordie has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

We recently found out he had a murmur at his annual health check, but we had a big scare with him on Saturday, lots of coughing, enlarged heart, arrhythmia, lungs full of fluid. Happened very very quickly. We had only taken chest X-rays on Thursday and his lungs were clear.

Spent a couple of hours at the vet's giving diuretic injections every half hour until he peed out most of the fluid!

He seems to have made a great recovery now he is on the Vetmedin. Hopefully the arrhythmia has settled, we'll find out on Friday.

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ness   

Poor Geordie - sorry to hear that SnT. Glad he is doing ok for the moment though.

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Ptolomy   

Sadly, Geordie has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

We recently found out he had a murmur at his annual health check, but we had a big scare with him on Saturday, lots of coughing, enlarged heart, arrhythmia, lungs full of fluid. Happened very very quickly. We had only taken chest X-rays on Thursday and his lungs were clear.

Spent a couple of hours at the vet's giving diuretic injections every half hour until he peed out most of the fluid!

He seems to have made a great recovery now he is on the Vetmedin. Hopefully the arrhythmia has settled, we'll find out on Friday.

So sorry to hear this SnT. How old is he now? Its scary how quickly it came on, but good to hear he has improved.

Interesting that one of mine went in for surgery in the last couple of months - she will be 9 in October and was diagnosed with a grade 5 heart murmur. She has had regular vet visits all her life with no heart problems in the past

Pippajane looking forward to seeing photos. Where is your pup coming from?

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He is 9.5, yes he has had no murmur in the past either, or even a regular-irregular rhythm. Mysteries of life!

We ran full bloods too, and the thyroid doesn't seem to be the culprit at this stage.

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He is 9.5, yes he has had no murmur in the past either, or even a regular-irregular rhythm. Mysteries of life!

We ran full bloods too, and the thyroid doesn't seem to be the culprit at this stage.

9 1/2 wow where did that time go.

Let us know how he gets on. Hopefully the meds will keep it under control and his quality of life will still be good.

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Sadly, Geordie has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

We recently found out he had a murmur at his annual health check, but we had a big scare with him on Saturday, lots of coughing, enlarged heart, arrhythmia, lungs full of fluid. Happened very very quickly. We had only taken chest X-rays on Thursday and his lungs were clear.

Spent a couple of hours at the vet's giving diuretic injections every half hour until he peed out most of the fluid!

He seems to have made a great recovery now he is on the Vetmedin. Hopefully the arrhythmia has settled, we'll find out on Friday.

Sorry to read this Mel :(

How is he now?

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Sadly, Geordie has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

We recently found out he had a murmur at his annual health check, but we had a big scare with him on Saturday, lots of coughing, enlarged heart, arrhythmia, lungs full of fluid. Happened very very quickly. We had only taken chest X-rays on Thursday and his lungs were clear.

Spent a couple of hours at the vet's giving diuretic injections every half hour until he peed out most of the fluid!

He seems to have made a great recovery now he is on the Vetmedin. Hopefully the arrhythmia has settled, we'll find out on Friday.

Sorry to read this Mel :(

How is he now?

Thanks :) he seems stable. The vet is happy with his lungs and we will see how he goes weaning off the diuretics slowly in about 2 weeks. Now that the heart meds have kicked in hopefully that will take care of things. If not, he can stay on diuretics at a low dose permanently.

Re-test thyroid in 4 weeks. They think it's currently low because he was so sick, so will be interested to see what the re-test shows.

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Blowing the dust off this thread.......

After many weeks, my head is now ruling my heart and I have decided that the female puppy that I kept from the last litter would be much better off elsewhere.

My head will also rule my heart when it comes to where this puppy will end up. But happy to chat if you know of somebody who may be interested. If the right home doesn't come up - then she will stay. She is 14 weeks old.

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Aru   

Good morning everyone.

Im new on here so this is my first post :) I just wanted to pick your brains on tollers as I'm tempted by the breed for my next dog! 

Main things...I live in southern queensland so i'd be doing walkings morning and evenings(lucky enough to live beside a dog park and the beach!) and I have permission to bring a pup to work,crated but with lots of attention, until they settled into routine or are old enough to cope with me going home at lunch time to let them out for a toilet break and some fun in the garden.

If they are struggling/separation anxiety issues occur, we do have a good doggy daycare beside work as well as an option but I'd rather use this once a week for socialisation then have it as an everyday routine.

 

Do ye think a toller would be able to cope with this? Or should I be going for a lower energy breed?

 

I grew up with labs and collies.My last dog was a wonderful,but absolutely batty, terrier mix! So I'm used to high energy clever working dogs but I'm not sure if my current lifestyle would suit.

Our family dogs always had a job to do as well as being much loved pets and my terrier used to come to work with me...but it was a more easygoing job so she had a lot more freedom and was working outdoors so she got a lot of exercise and off lead time....I just wanted to see if anyone with experience of the breed thinks it sounds like a realistic plan?

 

Currently I have a confident cat who is used to dogs and my landlords,who I have a shared garden with, have a awesome 1 year old labxstaff mix. They would love to see him having some campany so are happy for me to have a dog.

 

The main thing I'm looking for is a healthy, trainable dog(well female dog!as id prefer a girl) who wants to please and enjoy being with her people and enjoy an active life but thats able to settle after walks/training and chill. I know it'll depend on my training but I dont want to take on a breed that wouldn't cope with my lifestyle all the same.It wouldn't be fair.

The other breeds I'm considering are toller golden retriever,border collie,or a mixxer.I did briefly consider the finnish lapphunds and spitz breeds but I dont think they really fit my want to learn and please you rule however beautiful they might be. I dont mind having to groom etc. I dont like extreme freatures and priority would be a healthy dog, fit for function. Ideally from a breeder who healthy tests. I work in the vet industry so trying to find a healthy breed is the priority really.

 

 

Id love to do the likes of agility or flyball at some stage but I know thats not something for the first year or so. I love the idea of showing as well but im a complete novice in that! 

 

Any thoughts? 

Could a toller be the one for me?

Any other breed suggestions to consider if tollers wouldnt suit? 

 

Thanks all! 

 

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