Reid - Kansas/Missouri
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|Hi! My name is Reid!!
9/11/2011 Hi Everyone!! So many have e-mailed foster mom about me in the past and even sent donations to cover my tests and medications, that it was time you have an updated photo of me. I have grown into a very dark and pretty boy. Everyone that comes to visit comments on my gorgeous coat and wonderful personality. You see, I am VERY happy to meet new people and I assume they are all THRILLED to meet me.
BTW, I am still feeling very good and love to play with the other kees. My most favorite thing is to surprise foster mom by jumping into her lap and making myself at home. She just laughs and pets my ears. I lovvvvveeee it! I even love to be brushed! Am I weird or what???
Anyway, thanks again to all of the kind folks out there. I go back to the K-State Vet School in November. They like me there too!
Reid - almost one year old now!
I was born on 10/17/2010 so I am still a baby. I also have a heart murmur. My breeder couldn't sell me because of the heart murmur and asked if rescue would take me. Thank goodness they did since I'm not sure what might have happened otherwise. I go to the vet tomorrow to be evaluated and determine what to do next.
In the meantime, I am acting like a normal little keesie puppy. I eat and potty and play and sleep and potty and play and eat and sleep . . . . Sometimes I torment foster mom or try to get the kitty to play with me. The kitty only cooperates a little bit. He's pretty scary when he stands his ground and stares at me.
For a little guy, I understand I am supposed to keep my crate clean and potty outside. In fact, I slept through the whole night without asking to go out. Foster mom was impressed.
Check back for updates on my evaluation and what I will need to do about this silly heart murmur. I wish I could just tell it to stop!
UPDATE 1-20-2011 Well, I have spent several days at the vet clinic this week. Everyone is so nice to me . When foster mom comes to pick me up, they pretend they don't know what she wants and tell her they have no puppies there. Aren't they funny? I heard them talking about a diagnosis today - subaortic stenosis (SAS). It made foster mom sad. It sounded kind of like they said I wasn't fixable, but then she smiled and talked about a happy and normal life for as long as I am comfortable. And I get to go back to the clinic and play with the girls again tomororow!!
UPDATE 2-15-2011 Reid has an appointment with the cardiologist on Friday, February 18th. We hope to learn more about whether Reid's stenosis is mild, moderate or severe. This will help establish a more definitive prognosis, however, things may change as he grows. We will post an update after his visit.
UPDATE 2-18-2011 Reid had a long day at the K-State University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital today. The best part was all of the attention he received from everyone. Unfortunately, the rest of the news was not very good. His diagnosis is severe subvalvular aortic stenosis with mild aortic insufficiency, coronary anomaly, and possible bicuspid aortic valve. His heart murmur is Grade IV/VI. The amount of damage he has is what they normally see in a dog that is 2-4 years old. Reid turned four months yesterday. He is being started on Atenolol and Spironolactone to help take some of the stress off of his heart. His prognosis is guarded with decreased life expectancy wih the most common sequella being sudden cardiac death. He is also at risk for congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and endocarditis.
We will watch Reid's response to the medications and recheck in 30 days. If you would like to help with Reid's expenses, donations may be made via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing a check to our address. We are a 501(c)3 so donations are deductible.
UPDATE 2/27/2011: Reid is doing well adjusting to his medication. He went to see the girls at the local vet clinic yesterday and got his rabies shot. Everyone was happy to see him and he got lots of attention. For being such a good boy, we then went to Sonic where they have free doggie dishes of ice cream. Reid was in his glory! In 3 months he will return to K-State for follow-up testing.
UPDATE 4/22/2011: Reid continues to do well. He is now 6 months old and weighs 28 lbs. I will get an updated pic loaded soon. His appointment at K-State for a repeat echocardiogram is on May 20th. In the meantime, his medications seem to be doing well and he is a normal and playful young boy. To watch him, you would never know there is anything wrong. We have been going to a puppy class the last few weeks and he is having a ball meeting all of the other pups. He is also very smart and catches on to the commands quickly.
Thanks to everyone that is following Reid's progress and keeping him in their thoughts and prayers. Thanks also to everyone that has made a donation for Reid's care. Your support is what allows provides us with the resources to help a great kees like Reid.
6/13/2011 Reid's condition has progressed and his heart murmur is a Grade V out of VI. He is at greater risk for sudden death. Based on the severity of his condition, he will stay with our rescue group to live out his life as a member of our families. He is very comfortable and happy and we don't want to add further stress to his life.
Thank you to everyone that has been following Reid and keeping him in your thoughts. He is a great boy and we will cherish the time that he has with us.
For more information on Reid contact Judy at email@example.com