The Drs and Staff at CVCA supported valentine and Her humans in a way I never could have expected. Literally felt like valentine was the only patient whenever we went there or spoke to them.
Between August and December valentine had several syncopal episodes due to low blood pressure. This presents like a seizure and can be really scary. Her doctor adjusted her meds and got those under control. She had only one or two syncopal events this year.
Also over the fall and winter we discovered she was experiencing incredibly high heart rates, exceeding 250 bpm sometimes. Of course the first time this happened I rushed her to the ER, and again, medicine resolved her issue in clinic and we were sent home with a new oral medication to control her arrhythmia. Ultimately valentine would have several kinds of arrhythmias and such - APC, VPC, Ventricular tachycardia and supra-ventricular tachycardia. She took another two human medicines for these - if you watch Grey’s you’ve seen humans on the show with all of these who take same meds valentine did.
By October 2017 valentine was taking meds four times a day - which sounds god awful but she remained happy and able bodied. She was 14 years old In February, if you didn’t know any better you’d think she had nothing wrong with her - she continued to do all the things dogs do the way older dogs do them. Even as recently as last week she was running after toys.
In January I started taking her to see her cardiologist every month. Valentine remained stable and her heart rates, rhythms and function continued to be “remarkable” considering how advanced and layered her heart disease was until literally the very very end.
She never had to be hospitalized or went into congestive heart failure. She never suffered in life or death.
I am so thankful for that. I’m so thankful we were able to care for her the way she needed and able to take her to such an amazing doctor who cared for her so well. He was smart, compassionate and proactive but never suggested doing anything that would impact valentines quality of life negatively. He and we were in the same page: quality over quantity, ultimately valentine had both! 2/3