Daisy is in trouble. Yesterday afternoon I had to rush her into the emergency vets, where she was diagnosed with canine dilute cardiomyopathy – a degenerative heart disease. It was touch and go whether she’d make it through the night. Thankfully she has, but the outlook isn’t great – average length of survival after diagnosis is just six months, though if our wonderful vet can find the right combination of drugs he’s hopeful she could possibly live for another two years.
I can hardly believe what’s happened – Daisy is incredibly young for this at just 2 years old (the picture above is from her 2nd birthday pawty last November) and until yesterday she had shown no real signs of illness. She had been a bit miserable, and off her food, but I put that down to the stress of seeing her home being packed into boxes ready for our move. But when her belly started to swell, I remembered the symptoms shown by my first Newfie, Amy who also died of heart failure (but at the ripe old age – for Newfies – of 10 years old), and rushed her straight to the vet.
She has always been so lively and energetic, with a real enthusiasm for life – and simply couldn’t bear to be left out of anything (including Ben’s selfie above!). So please could you send her all your positive thoughts and prayers over the next few day. Although we now know that her life won’t be a long one, I so want to bring her home again to enjoy whatever time she has left with her family.