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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi MMJ

    That seems horrible for you.

    A friend's kelpie has seizures but they manage with medication and the dog hasn't had any recently since getting the meds sorted. But I don't think the kelpie has the same thing as Jack.

    If there is a hole in the heart - there is a fairly straight forward procedure (for a specialist) to fix it up in humans anyway. They insert a sealing thing - a bit like how you fix a big hole in a plaster wall or a rivet even. I expect that would be expensive to do without public funded health care for dogs.

    It may also be worth seeking a second opinion from a specialist vet or vet teaching facility - just to make sure the first vet has the diagnosis and potential treatment options right, and there's not some other thing they hadn't noticed or considered.
    Hi Hyacinth and thanks for the advice. At this stage i think the vet is right in his diagnosis(as right as he can be without doing further tests). When i asked him about the likelyhood of a cure or the cost involved in finding the problem and managing it, he said pretty much the same as 3 different vets said last year, almost zero chance of fixing it and best case we can manage it. I was impressed with the vet today who was quite open that the investigative procedures would be only the very start of the costs and it would escalate quickly. I don't think open heart surgery is an option i would ever consider for a dog and i've seen the lack of life quality of dogs on medication before, so being a realist i have made my decision(as hard as it is) to just make the most of whatever time we have left. I could be a day, it could be a month or it could be a year(when the vet saw Jack in a slightly excited state as we left the consultation room he said, if i'd seen that i would have suggested not bothering with the vaccines at this stage ... again, they've been wrong before

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    MMJ

    That looks like you've done as much as you can without going into the wallet draining crap quality of life zone.

    Fair enough.

    Some heart problems are hard to fix. Though I have seen a hockey friend go through the PFO thing and she's much better now - though the whole episode was frightening.

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    Its a horrible decision to have to make but i'm comfortable with the decision i've made(as much as i'm gonna be devastated when the time comes). I've seen too many dogs kept alive for the benefit of the owners rather than the benefit of the dog that I try my dogs best interests at heart ... and then of course there the money factor, it was made quite clear that keeping Jack alive will cost thousands and his quality of life will probably not be to an extent that imo justifies doing so.

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    Feeling for ya mate. Not knowing drives me nuts. Guess it just means ya gotta spoil him rotten as much as possible and if he gets a year or 2 of it, well i'm sure thats fine by Jack.

    Give him a ear rub and a belly scratch from Mojo and me mate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Feeling for ya mate. Not knowing drives me nuts. Guess it just means ya gotta spoil him rotten as much as possible and if he gets a year or 2 of it, well i'm sure thats fine by Jack.

    Give him a ear rub and a belly scratch from Mojo and me mate.
    oh he getting spoilt, don't worry about that lol. I take some comfort in knowing that Jack's had a better life in 6-1/2 years than most get in their 15 years.

    I should also add, Jack is happy and still wanting to do his normal things, i'll be trying to keep a bit of a lid on his excitement, but at the same time, i ain't gonna let him sit around the house and mope until he goes, i'd rather see him go tomorrow having fun at the beach than go in a years time after being confined to "no fun" duties.

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    I applaud your difficult decision you made. But like you said his time with you needs to be quality or it just ain't life. Enjoy your time together as you both see it should be.
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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    MMJ, sorry to hear the vets diagnosis. hought are with you. But I think you have probably made the best decsion.

    You are the second person I knoew this week with something similr. A friends 3 year old boxer hasbeen diagnosed with 2 different heat condtions and becase he has both, he cant be medicated as medication for one generally akes the other worse. She has alsobeen told he ould go suddenly at any time.

    Just heartbreaking!

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    I do feel for you MMJ. My old dog Attila passed away just before he turned 6, we made the diffficult choice of having him put to sleep after he was diagnosed with cancer..My ex husband was in the military and we had to post out 2 weeks later and Attila wasn't healthy enough to have his vaccinations required for travel requirements, so yeah unfortunately we had to make the hard decision. I know cancer is a different kettle of fish, but it is still heart breaking. Hopefully Jack has a fulfilling life for ever how long he has.

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    Hugs MMJ. But well done for thinking of quality of life rather than quantity. I'm sure Jack will keep on loving life until the end, which is a far greater gift.

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    Thinking happy thoughts for you MMJ.

    You've made a good choice, love your attitude, if Jack is happy that's the main thing. Have fun with him

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