Caesar was a gentleman who brought a lot of joy to his “humans” over his lifetime. He lived to the age of 11 years, but like all our pets, we know it was never enough time.
We are highlighting Caesar as our patient of the month for two reasons, as a reminder to enjoy every day with your senior pet, as illness can develop suddenly, and also to highlight a disease called cardiomyopathy which is common in many larger breed dogs. Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle which can have very few early symptoms. In addition the symptoms can sometimes be atypical for heart disease. Common signs include lethargy, weakness, collapse, abdominal distention, a soft cough and occasionally, gastrointestinal signs like vomiting or diarrhea. Early detection and intervention with medication can help improve quality of life in patients with this disease.
Given the advanced stage of Caesar’s disease, he was not able to have a long remission period. However Caesar was able to enjoy an extra month with his family with improved comfort and few symptoms and for this we are all thankful. Rest in Peace Caesar, you will be missed.