Tony's having cardiac issues.

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Hi everyone,  Tony is spending the day at Cornell Univ.  They are one of the top Vet schools in the country, and about an hour from me.  We were at the vets because he had lost about 10 lbs since Feb, and 2 in the last 2 weeks.  He had a heart worm test (negative) and a physical and he was fine.  I took him in a week later just to weigh him and he had lost 2 more lbs. Iris (my vet) did an ecg and it showed the heart isn't recovering after every 8th beat.  So today they are doing an echo cardiogram, some blood work (BHP?) and we're going to put a holter monitor on him for 24 hours.  Iris did say cardio myopathy, but the vet at Cornell stopped just short of saying that.  They are doing DNA testing, not that it will help Tony, but it will go to research, maybe help someone else. I can't pick him up until late this afternoon, so I'm sitting home, pretty scared.  I lost my first Dobe, Max, to dcm.  I haven't told the kids yet, until I know for sure, and I don't know about the weekend in Saratoga Springs.  I got an e-mail from my DIL last night, there are about 50 dobes that are going to be there. I'm going to ask the Dr. what he thinks about Saratoga Springs, I'm afraid it'll be too much stress for him.  Sorry this is so long, but I just really need someone to talk to .  I'll update when I know something.  Thanks for your support, again.

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Oh Chris,

 So sorry to read this:(( And we were all thinking how much fun the Saratoga would be for all of you. It sounds like you are doing everything possible to find out and get a correct diagnosis for Big T.

We send hugs, love and strength 

Bella sends nose dabs and french licks to Tony

Keep us posted, we are here for you in this, and always.

 

Julia

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I'm sending prayers for you and Tony as well, Chris!  Holding a good thought for you....

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Chris.. please know that I"m saying some really powerfrul prayers for you and Tony.. will check in soon to see if you have a proper Dx.\

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Okay, not dcm. Thank God.  But there is still the unexplained weight loss and the heart arrhythmia.  He has a holter monitor on over night and I will take that off him tomorrow afternoon and mail it back to them. We are also waiting for the results of the bnp blood test, we should have results from both early next week.  The Dr at Cornell didn't see a problem with taking Tony to Saratoga this weekend, and the student wants to go with me! So I guess it's just wait and see, then on to the Drs in Interna Med. to see what they want to do. Thank you all for your good thoughts.  I'll keep you posted.

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OH CHRIS I am so sorry you are having to deal with this after all you have been through.....dang

Just a tidbit that may or may not help and could be out in left field but with all that weight loss that could have some bearing on his heartbeat, I know sudden weight loss does that in people so it could be a sign of too much weight loss too quick and not an all out heart issue......the weight loss diagnosis might the answer to the heartbeat......just a possible bright spot to hang on too......hoping it is something that is easily treated regardless

Keep your chin up and hope you have a good safe trip.....do keep us posted.....as for your post being long - HA - have you seen some of mine you have a long way to go to beat those hahahaha post as long a one as you need too.....

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Thanks Tal, I know.  We're not going to Saratoga with the kids.  But, we'll do something fun here. I finally talked to Scott last night and they're going to take lots of pictures for me.  If I get a good one of the whole group I'll post it here, should be something to see.

I'll keep you posted if we find out anything

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Sending DoberVibes and prayers..I'm hoping the trip away will do everyone some good.

hugs