This is the first time I have posted a request like this, but I (and she) can use all the help we can get. My dog "Stitches" of 9 years (turns 10 in September) is having a bit of a rough patch right now.
Tomorrow morning Stitches is scheduled to have a EKG and Sonogram. After 2 separate scares, and X-rays, she was found to have an enlarged heart. She has begun medication 2 weeks ago to help control and this may change or remain the same depending on the results.
One thing her vet mentioned is that this usually hits and advances fast, sometimes giving them 6 months - 1 year. Tomorrow will help provide a better picture of how far along it is. Depending on what the results are, her vet mentioned that it's not how many more years she will live but instead making that time more comfortable for her.
Stitches dislikes going to the vet as it is, she gets scared and stressed. I hate having to put her through that tomorrow, going to a different clinic, further away, for the imagining. When I was younger one of my dogs died too early because of a tumor. I wasn't in a position to do anything to prevent or help treat him because of my age and had no control. I still feel almost completely helpless and just want to do what I can for her now that I am able to.
I can remember the day she came home as if it was yesterday. She was at the rescue shelter, the runt of her litter that no one else wanted when all others were given away. She was about to be put to sleep the following day when she came home with me.
Stitches is family, and a great friend (as man's best friend). I know I will have to say goodbye to her eventually... I only hope that is still some years away. While it will be about 2-3 days before I receive the results, I pray and hope that tomorrow will bring positive news.