Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Pacemakers

Charlie was a busy executive. In charge of a very popular social networking site, he and his partner Opy worked tirelessly to market their site and bring together those with like interests.

As with all successful ventures, sometimes Charlie didn't take very good of himself, didn't get enough sleep or watch his diet. One day Charlie developed a nagging cough. A trip to the doctor, who diagnosed a slight chest infection and prescribed antibiotics didn't seem to take care of the cough. Then one night, Charlie had a seizure. He was rushed to the emergency clinic and was finally diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

Unfortunately for Charlie, he's a dog. While technology has advanced in human pacemaker technologies, and usually covered under health insurance, pacemakers for dogs isn't covered by most pet insurance companies, so its very cost prohibitive for owners, and most dogs aren't good candidates. If you've ever faced the vet who has told you that there is nothing to do but wait for the end, there is another alternative if it is available in your area, the pacemaker.

Luckily for Charlie, his owners were able to offer him this new leash on life.

To find out more about pacemakers and to read Charlie's story, please visit the informative site that Charlie's owners have created to educate others on this technology, and hopefully if faced with a grim diagnosis, there can be another alternative other than just waiting.

If you'd like to learn more about Dogs with Blogs, the social networking site that allows dogs to post their true feelings (even the gimpy ones) please visit their site.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Laryngeal Issues

Dogs can sometimes choke on food or water, cough after eating or drinking, or have breathing issues. Sometimes these "symptoms" are just a dog eating or drinking too fast, or like most humans, swallow "wrong". Sometimes these symptoms could be due to something more serious.

If your dog has been diagnosed with the laryngeal paralysis or trachea collapse, here are some resources to find out more about these issues:

Laryngeal Paralysis

Trachea Collapse

One Newfie's experience (questions and answers from an owner to their Neurologist)

Megaesophagus

Marvistavet link to Megaesophagus

A cool video of how one dog has learned how to eat with Megaesophagus


If you want to join a support group to find out more:

Yorkie Angel Patrol Collapsing Trachea Support Forum

Collapsing Trachea support group

Laryngeal Paralysis support group

Tracheotomy group


Megaesophagus Support Group