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My dachshund has a enlarged heart
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Hi everyone.

I just learned that my male dachshund, Strudel, has an enlarged heart and fluid around his heart. He is on lasix for the fluid, but the vet says to "be prepared."

I'm having a very difficult time. I'm taking him to a different vet that provides alternative therapies and also to a cardiologist. I won't let him suffer but want to do all I can for him.

I got Stru when he was five, and he is my world. I can't imagine life without him. I guess I want to ask if anyone has any suggestions for supplements or treatments that might help him. Again, I won't let him suffer, but I want to keep him with me as long as I can.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Dwayne

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very sorry to hear about Strudel's enlarged heart. Will include him in prayer. How old is he now? Hope you find some help for him.

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Thank you for your willingness to pray for Strudel. I definitely am praying and have requested friends to pray. He is 14 or 15. I got him when he was five from someone who couldn't take care of him any longer. He had been put outside and was somewhat neglected. We bonded immediately and have loved each other ever since.

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Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this...I have no advice since I've never dealt with that before, but you will definitely be in our thoughts. I hope you are able to do all you can for him and just know you had a huge support group here.

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Dear Dwayne, I too will keep you and Strudel in my thoughts and prayers. We've just resuced a senior citizen doxie we've named Grannie and she may be as old as 15.

This is the curse of a long-lived dog breed. We are fortunate enough to have them enriching our lives for such a long long time but this makes it even harder to when they reach the end of their days.

No doubt Strudel knows how much you are doing for him and that you will not give up the fight easily. He will, undoubtedly, let you know when he has had enough. Until them love him as he has loved you and know that there are many many people here on the Hotdog Blog that are pulling and praying for you and Strudel.

Love, Auntie and the Doxhoonts l-r Brownie Annabel and Grannie

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Strudel is in our prayers as well. I am very sorry to here that he has heart problems. Laura could not have said it better. Cherish your time and know that we all are praying.

I just love the name Strudel, immediatley I thought of the tune from the Sound of Music "MY Favorite Things" .

Happy thoughts to you and yours Dwayne.

Spanky and the girls

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aww.. so sorry to hear of this. it breaks my heart. i don't have experience with your situation. please know that we'll be thinking of you guys, and hoping for the best.
*big hugs*

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