My dog has a Heart, Kidney problem with seizures

A week ago, we took our 15 years miniature poodle to the vet for a mild cough problem. Turns out she has a cardiac murmur and a kidney problem where all indicators are higher than normal. The vet prescribed cardiac medicines, antibiotic and diuretic. For 4 days she didn't eat, so we took her back again to the vet and He prescribed a medicine for her gastritis. Last night since 4:30 am she had 3 seizure episodes (never before) and now she is hospitalized fighting for her life. What went wrong?

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Like human beings, a dog's internal organs will only last for so long before they start to age and wear out. There are many factors involved with the length of lifetime of an organ such as genetics, the food your dog ate and the exercise your dog had throughout her life. Your dog could have had a very mild heart problem for many years that is just now becoming a major factor in her health. While 15 years is not the longest life span for a miniature poodle, it is still a respectable life span. Your dog may be able to pull through this with good nursing care and some time to adjust to her medications but if she does not, it doesn't necessarily mean that anyone did anything wrong. She may have had the best health care and life possible and this is just the end of her allotted time. Erika, DVM

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