Vets opinion first and foremost.
It is 10 days since Susie had what I call a stroke or a seizure as the veterinary calls it. I booked Susie in at the vets on the Thursday 27 October as they had nothing free on Wednesday. She had not been well that morning. After explaining my concerns, my vet said her condition could be connected to her heart murmur and he suggested putting her onto heart tablets. I was to give her half a tablet for two days and then increase it to one whole tablet each day afterward.
On arrival home, Susie had already had breakfast, and so I waited until tea-time to start the medication. Within two hours of her eating her food, she had vomited all her dinner and was very restless. So, I sat with her most of the night letting her out & in so that she could eat grass. The following morning she seemed a little better and ate all of her breakfast. She was good during the day and at 4 pm when I gave her tea with medication and within half an hour she was sick and once again very stressed all night and she wouldn’t leave my side.
On Friday 28 October, I contacted my vet and made another appointment that morning. At the appointment, he agreed to stop the medication. I brought her home and due to her sensitive stomach and the after-effects of the medication, her stomach was very upset. I took her back to basic’s by giving her boiled chicken and rice to try and settle her stomach. It is now the 2 November and her stomach is better My vet has recommended I take her back next Monday 6 November, and he will try another heart tablet.
At the moment Susie seems so much brighter and is back to her normal feed. Today, she wanted to go for a normal walk and was happy to roam around. I only have one concern about Susie going onto another heart tablet. Is it worth putting her through all of this again? She is happy as Larry at the minute and is enjoying her little life.
I have been told that if this next heart tablet doesn’t work, then she may have no other option than to go it alone. However, I have great respect for my vet’s advice and would always seek professional advice first and foremost!