Lola a.k.a The Spotted Bulldog

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If you ready my first post then you know I named my blog after my little fur baby Lola. We had quite the scare last week when we found out that she had/has right sided heart failure. And quite the shock to my wallet!

Here is Lola's story. We got Lola back in 2009 when she was 3 1/2 months old. At that point my husband and I had been together for 4 1/2 months. So Lola is our first (4-legged) baby together. Lola brought so much joy to us!

When Lola was in for her 1 year check up the vet detected a hear murmur and suggested we see a specialist. That's right, we needed to see a k-9 cardiologist. After that visit it was determined that Lola had pulmonary stenosis and would need heart surgery. After they opened her up they realized that her particular case was inoperable.
Pulmonic stenosis, also known as pulmonary stenosis, is a dynamic or fixed obstruction of flow from the right ventricle of the heart to the pulmonary artery.
Lola went on 1 medication and for the past 5 years she has responded really well! So well in fact that the cardiologist said her condition was better and that we no longer had to being her in every year. That was this past January.

Fast forward to earlier this month, she started to get winded easier, she wasn't really eating as much and early last week her abdomen started to expand. I had made her an appointment the week prior and we made our way in on Nov. 18th. The vet walked in an immediately knew something was wrong. They took her back for some tests and ended up draining her abdomen of the fluids that had been pushing on her lungs making it hard for her to breath. She had high blood pressure and a rapid heart rate. I brought her to the ICU for over night observation and the next morning she would see internal medicine.

Lola was able to come home on Nov. 19th but she still really isn't eating much. She is more than happy to take her meds but she wont eat. Other than they she seems to be doing okay, she is moving slowly and we are letting her sleep in our room in a nice, HUGE new bed. I am not sure how much time we have left with our sweet girl. She will forever be loved by everyone who has met her.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Alexa. I am sorry to hear this. Give her extra pets and snuggles. All the time. I get overly sentimental with my oldest because, well, 10 years is typically the max and he will be ten in 2 months. I know our time is closing and it's tough. They are such loyal, animated, concerned, loving's tough. Take it one day at a time, my dear.