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Pulmonic Stenosis

My 1 year 2mo old male English bulldog was diagnosed with severe Pulmonic Stenosis over the weekend. He was seen by the ER cardiologist, who did an EKG and said, in his opinion, there was nothing he could do.  My husband works with Cardiac surgeons in the OR daily and is extremely familiar with the heart. He asked the cardio some very direct questions regarding treatment and the anatomy in question and the doc didn't have answers for us.  My husband seems to think he 1. Didn't have the full state of the art diagnostic tools available, (he said he trouble seeing what he needed to see) and 2. Wasn't comfortable surgically working on a bulldog.  We spent $2,0000 in two days at that ER and walked out just as confused as when we went in.  We are seeking a second opinion from a Cardiologist 2 hours away, who performed successful surgery on a friends bully who had a vein wrapped around the pulmonary artery. We are willing to spend whatever we have to in order to give Diesel the best care possible. I've never seen by husband cry-until we got home from the ER that night. My question is this: Has anyone been given this diagnosis and had a positive outcome? Aside from keeping him calm (nearly impossible with a bully) is there anything I can do at home to help-change diet etc.  My vet has him on 25mg of Atenolol, 1/2 pill 2x/day. Any feedback is appreciated. We are devastated, but remain hopeful and are determined to do everything we can. Thank you!

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I hve no experience

But, I want to send my prayers. You are definitely doing the right thing by getting a second opinion. Hugs!

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I'm sorry for the news.

I hope the cardiologist is able to help him! My Daisy saw a cardiologist as a puppy and had a procedure to fix a congenital heart defect. She's done very well ever since. They said she also had some degree of pulmonic stenosis that may worsen over time, but so far it's been 3 years and she's still okay.

All the best to Diesel. I'm sure someone here has experience with this and can give you more info.

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We had a foster dog with this

More than two year ago I took in a foster who was about 3 at the time- I didn't have any medical history on him, he was a shelter pull- the shelter refused to adopt him out because they refused to neuter him because he had pulmonic stenosis, grade 4, so significant. After significant consultation with my vet, we determined that he was a candidate for neutering. He had no problem with surgery. What my vet told me was this- that this type of heart problem in bulldogs is tricky- that expensive testing, drugs etc can be helpful, but that when the heart is done, it's just done and they tend to die of a massive heart attack. So how do I adopt this dog to a family with the news that he could live a long time or a short time? I was honest. They let him run and live his life, and 2.5 years later he's here. Happy and as healthy as before. You'd never know. Granted if you see your puppy struggling with the disease that would be hard- but this particular guy never showed any signs of distress.

I have experience with this....

as both Sebastian and Remy have pulmonic stenosis. Remy's is moderate and Sebastian's is severe although Remy is the one on Atenelol also though he gets 25mg twice a day. Sebastian has only had ultrasounds done as my cardiologist doesn't believe that doing an angiogram followed by a valvuloplasty would benefit him and he would likely die on the table. Sebastian will be 3 in December and he lives a very normal life (aside from getting to go places where I know he will get over excited).

Remy has had an angiogram done but the cardiologist stopped at that point because he was afraid if he proceeded with the valvuloplasty then Remy would also die on the table. Remy will be 2 in a three weeks and he is a very active and robust bully and doesn't suffer from any side effects at all.

Both of my boys were diagnosed with this condition at 8 weeks. I am surprised that your vet hasn't picked up the problem until now.

My advice to you is treat him no different, he doesn't know he has a heart condition and unless he's experiencing difficulties let him play and experience things like normal. Sebastian will literally almost pass out if he gets to over exerted (this includes playing with his brothers) but that is the only thing I notice about him besides he's very small. He weighs 40 pounds and short and Remy weighs 63 pounds and is very tall.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. My email is [email protected]. I don't check this forum every day so it's best to email if you need me right away.

I hope this puts your mind at rest a little. My boys are living the ultimate bulldog life and know no different way of living. 

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Trarabull, thank you for your

Trarabull, thank you for your comment. Unfortunatelly, after consulting with two cardiologists, we were advised that his condition was so severe any sedation - even for  teeth cleaning- was  unadvisable.  We put him on Atenolol and tried to keep his excitement levels to a minimum. There were many days we forgot how serious his condition was-he behaved like any other normal bully. Sadly, three weeks ago -without  warning- he passed away. He was only a year and a half. We knew the time would come, however  his passing came with no warning. One day he was fine the next he passed in my arms on the living room floor. We miss him terribly and our hearts are broken. We plan on getting another, as we all know, a  home without a bulldog is  just not a home.  

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