Hello fellow Lab lovers! I am reaching out for your help! I found out on Wednesday that my 1 year old yellow Lab named Maya has TVD. Her prognosis is bleak and I'm looking for people who have gone thru this to help me understand what to expect. The dr. is telling me that she has 6 to 12 months tops! (Are you kidding me?) I am heartbroken and am having such a hard time wrapping my brain around what is happening to my puppy! Can anyone help??
I'm so sorry to hear your lab is sick! Unfortunately, tricuspid valve dysplasia is one of the most common pediatric cardiovascular defects, and labs account for 80% of the cases seen. Without knowing what sort of tests/diagnostics your vet did, it's hard to know whether or not the prognosis he or she gave you is reasonable.
Why did you bring your dog in initially? Is she actually ill, or did they hear a murmur on exam and decide to follow up? Do they have your dog on any medications?
I would encourage you to schedule an appointment with your vet so that you can just sit down and talk about options, treatments, prognosis, etc.
Otis - the most trusting dog on Earth.
I am sorry to hear this...I am assuming you got this checked out by a specialist. If not, that would be a must.
I personally would look this situation as if you were given this dog for a reason and even if her life here won't be as long as expected, you were given her so she can enjoy every last drop of it.
Don't feel bad for the dog...your dog isn't caring about death - just the life she lives everyday. So give her plenty and extra of love, but no sympathy.
If possible, make sure your breeder is aware of this...It is hereditary I think.
I would seek a second opinion, preferrably with a veterinary university hospital, they usually have equipment and staff better equipped to handle special cases like this.
Good luck, and I agree with contacting your breeder.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
She has been to a specialist and is on 2 heart meds and a "lasix" type pill! This is an inherited condition and I do plan to call the breeder, but I need to wrap my brain around what is happening to Maya first. I was just hoping that someone could tell me what to expect as her health declines. My vet is saying fainting spells, etc.
Thank you for your responses and a year with her is better than a year without her, but I thought I'd have so many more.
What are the names of the other two pills? I'm a second year vet student, and am actually in the middle of my cardiology course, right now. I can at least give you an idea of what each drug is actually doing/trying to do. I would second the suggestion to go to a veterinary college, if you have the option (I didn't want to suggest it earlier for fear that finances might be a factor).Originally Posted by MyMaya
Lasix = furosemide; the goal of this drug is to increase the amount of sodium that the kidney puts into the urine. Where sodium goes, water follows. So, lasix effectively decreases your dog's blood volume, which is a good thing if they are experiencing signs of congestive heart failure.
What to expect: if your dog is already experiencing symptoms serious enough to warrant medication, it is possible that the disease could progress very quickly. BUT it's important to wait to make a final prognosis until the dog has been treated for at least a week or two. Response to treatment is actually a very strong indicator of how the dog will do over time. So, if Maya responds really well to initial therapy, chances are good that you can manage this disease for the longer end of the prognosis. I would actually be more on the lookout for signs of what's called "backward" failure than "forward" failure. As the disease progresses, you may begin to see signs of fluid build-up in Maya's system. Since the tricuspid valve is on the right side of the heart, the fluid will build up into the systemic circulation rather than in the lungs. Since her lungs will not have fluid built up in them, coughing, shortness of breath, and panting will probably not be too bad. However, there may be signs of poor oxygenation - pale mucous membranes, fatigue, since even though the blood that does reach the lungs is getting enough oxygen, there's simply not as much blood getting to the lungs. I would tend not to expect fainting until further into the course of the disease when her heart has been under stress for a long time and may begin to develop some rhythm abnormalities.
I know this is a long response, but I feel like it's important for pet owners to have a handle on what's going on with their animals. Feel free to PM me if you want.
Otis - the most trusting dog on Earth.
Please contact Dianne at Rycroft Labradors. She has a girl with TVD. Her girl, Truly, http://www.geocities.com/rycroft.geo/truly.html is now a Veteran so it doesn't necessarily mean a death sentence.
♣ Laura ♣