I thought I’d better update the group on Miss Penny.
The morning of the vet appointment Penny fainted. Scared me to death, but she woke up like nothing had happened. So at the vet appointment it was decided that x-rays and a echo need to be done first.
From that testing we found out that Penny has pulmonary hypertension. She didn’t have the scope done because the anesthesia would have killed her. Yes, my heart dropped when the vet told me that.
Penny has heart meds that we’re trying to see if they help. Of all things its liquid Viagra. Who knew it helped. Unfortunately Penny got a side affect they have only seen in 1 other dog, diarrhea.
So after talking to the specialist – I got an appointment with Penny’s vet for a blood test to check her liver and for heartworms, in case there was an issue and that was causing the diarrhea.
Penny’s liver is clear and no heartworms, so that was ruled out. Penny’s vet gave me diarrhea meds. So poor Penny now has 2 meds that have to be give 2 and 3 times a day.
But I’m happy to report as of Monday (yesterday) her diarrhea has cleared up and she’s acting almost exactly like the dog she was before all this started. Phew.
Have a follow up with the cardiologist later this month to see how the meds are working and have another set of xrays and echo done. And then we go from there.
Here’s a picture of Penny in her bed on Sunday – just chillin and resting. She is really a very good pup and taking this all in stride.