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Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 08/09/16
Category: Heart/Blood Pressure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Left-sided Heart Failure In Canines

Question:Is There A Natural Way To Treat Left-sided Heart Failure In Dogs? Our Senior Chow Is Very, Very Old At 18 And To Put Him Through A Battery Of Tests Seems Cruel (i Am Not Opposed To Spending Money On My Pets. My Two Other Chows Both Had Glaucoma In Both Eyes And Needed Extensive Care). He Has Been On Heart Worm Preventative Every Month Since I Have Had Him This Past 18 Years. He Has Developed The Cough Associated With Congestive Heart Failure. No Pulsating Jugular, No Blue Gums. He Is Eating And Going About His Normal Routine, But Of Course We Would Like To Resolve The Cough Keeping Him Comfortable For Whatever Time He Has Left. Thanks For Your Time. Laurie

Answer:Hi Laurie. This Is One Where There Are Excellent Conventional Medicines That Can Help Extend Quality Of Life, Etc. Meds Like Vetmedin(pimobendan) And Benazopril As Well As Lasix Can Often Extend Life Dramatically Even In Old Dogs. This Age. I Would Get Appropriate Vet Attention On This, But Certainly Holistic Supplements Can Help Support Life, But Not By Themselves On Case Like This Most Likely

Date: 07/03/16
Category: Heart/Blood Pressure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Change In Behavior

Question:My Dog Has Congestive Heart Failure And Collapsed Trachea. She Has Been On Meds The Past Year And Had Responded Well. 2 Weeks Ago She Had Her Teeth Cleaned At The Vets Office. She Had To Be Put Under. She Has Coughed More Since Then And Her Behavior Has Changed. Confused. The Meds She Is On Are Lasix,Enacard And Temaril P. Thank You Jody Jamison

Answer:Best Jody To Have Your Pet Rechecked Out By Vet To Make Sure No Secondary Infection Or Aspiration Pneumonia From The Dental Procedure; Also Heart Status May Have Changed Since This Procedure And Dose Adjustments Of Heart Meds May Be Needed. See Vet In Your Area

Date: 05/02/16
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  Sudden Abrupt Onset Of Congestive Heart Failure Also Known Heart Murmur Need Help In Knowing If Diagnosis Is Correct

Question:My Little Boo Boo Is About 12 1/2 Yrsld He's Really A Special Case He Was Born Dead Because His Mama Was Too Small To Carry Him Anyhow The Doctor Performed A C-section On His Mama And When He Came Out He Was Dead The Doctor Shot Him With An Adrenaline Shot And Brought Him Back Since The Moment He Took His First Breath He Has Been The Happiest Most Loving Most Kissing And Love Life Dog Ever Never Once Has He Had A Bad Day Or Sad Moment Or Anything Or Any Health Issues After He Was Brought Back The Doctor Told Us Then And There He Had A Heart Murmur Never Never Once Has He Had Any Problems Health Issues Or Anything Whatsoever In Association With The Heart Murmur With Heart With Anything Period Or To Go And See The Vet Or Be Seen Or Anything Whatsoever Like That All Of A Sudden Last Month He Started Panting And Coughing Out Of The Blue I Immediately Said Congestive Heart Failure Because Of His Heart Murmur Took Him To The Vet They Were Thinking Kennel Cough And Then They Did A Couple Radiographs And What Not And Saw That I Was Correct And It Was Congestive Heart Failure I Had A Lot Of Difficulty Tracking Down A Vet Cardiologists I Finally Found One We Did An Echocardiogram And He Did Not Offer Me A Lot Of Information He Said That His Left Metrical Ventricle Was Leaking Blood An Said He Needed Constant Oxygen And To Be Left There In There Oxygen Chamber To Keep Him There For A Week And I Just Did Not Want To Leave My Baby There With Them Just Because Of The Lack Of Info An Care Also In The Report They Wrote That He'd Be Going In Intervals When The Whole Point Was To Keep Him In Constent Oxygen So Basically Whenever He Would Need It Not To Be Kept There Constant As The Cardiologists 1st Said And When I Pointed That Out They Were Like Oh No No He's Going To Be Kept In Their 24/7 And Then They Said Well Depends If He Doesn't Need It We Will Take Him Out.. Well(1)the Whole Purpose Was Constant Oxygen Chamber Not Oh Well We're Going To Rotate Him With Intervals So Therefore I Felt Like It Was Not A Good Place For Him To Be( 2)were They Are Is Very Far Away From Where I Live( 3) Results From His Echocardiogram The Doctor Retract His Basic Diagnosis In A Few Different Points He Says He's At Stage C Then He Says Well Through Looking At Results Further Information That Oh Not As Severe As Earlier Diagnosis Or Earlier Stated Ect... I Just Don't No What Is True The Fact That I Followed Up With X-rays And With Other Vets And He Has No Fluid Or Liquid Buildup In His Lungs He Has Been Eating And Was Happy And Is Happy As Can Be But There Are Situations Where He's Panting And Where He Can't Breathe And I'm Thinking It Could Also Be The Fact That They Put Him On Viagra Vetmedin And Lasix And Also My Little Boo Boo Is About 12 1/2 Yrsld He's Really A Special Case He Was Born Dead Because His Mama Was Too Small To Carry Him Anyhow The Doctor Performed A C-section On His Mama And When He Came Out He Was Dead The Doctor Shot Him With An Adrenaline Shot And Brought Him Back Since The Moment He Took His First Breath He Has Been The Happiest Most Loving Most Kissing And Love Life Dog Ever Never Once Has He Had A Bad Day Or Sad Moment Or Anything Or Any Health Issues After He Was Brought Back The Doctor Told Us Then And There He Had A Heart Murmur Never Never Once Has He Had Any Problems Health Issues Or Anything Whatsoever In Association With The Heart Murmur With Heart With Anything Period Or To Go And See The Vet Or Be Seen Or Anything Whatsoever Like That All Of A Sudden Last Month He Started Panting And Coughing Out Of The Blue I Immediately Said Congestive Heart Failure Because Of His Heart Murmur Took Him To The Vet They Were Thinking Kennel Cough And Then They Did A Couple Radiographs And What Not And Saw That I Was Correct And It Was Congestive Heart Failure I Had A Lot Of Difficulty Tracking Down A Vet Cardiologists I Finally Found One We Did An Echocardiogram And He Did Not Offer Me A Lot Of Information He Said That His Left Metrical Ventricle Was Leaking Blood An Said He Needed Constant Oxygen And To Be Left There In There Oxygen Chamber To Keep Him There For A Week And I Just Did Not Want To Leave My Baby There With Them Just Because Of The Lack Of Info An Care Also In The Report They Wrote That He'd Be Going In Intervals Oxygen So Basically Whenever He Would Need It Not To Be Kept There And When I Pointed That Out They Were Like Oh No No He's Going To Be Kept In Their 24/7 And Then They Said Well Depends If He Doesn't Need It We Will Take Him Out Well1)the Whole Purpose Was Constant Oxygen Chamber Not Oh Well We're Going To Rotate Him With Intervals So Therefore I Felt Like He Just It Was Not A Good Place For Him To Be 2)were They Are Is Very Far Away From Where I Live 3) Results From His Echocardiogram The Doctor Retract His Basic Diagnosis In A Few Point He Says He's At Stage C Then He Says Well Through Looking At Results Further Information That Oh Not As Severe As Earlier Diagnosis Or Earlier Stated Or You Know I Just Don't No What Is The Problem The Fact That I Followed Up With X-rays And Width With Other Vets And He Has No Fluid Or Liquid Buildup In His Lungs He Has Been Eating And Was Happy And Is Happy As Can Be But There Are Situations Where He's Panting And Where He Can't Breathe And I'm Thinking It Could Also Be The Fact That They Put Him On Viagra Vetmedin And Lasix And Also Enalapril The Cardiologists Said Then That His Heart Has Enlarged 3× It's Size I Asked Him Why He's Not On An Anti-inflammatory Or Put Him On Something To Wear It's Trying To Reduce The Inflammation Or The Leaking Instead Of The Viagra 3×a Day Which Is Making Him Want To Jump On Everything And Overwork Himself And The Lasix Which Is Completely Dehydrating At 50mg The Cardiologists Said Then That His Heart Has Enlarged 3× It's Size I Asked Him Why He's Not On An Anti-inflammatory Or Put Him On Something To Wear It's Trying To Reduce The Inflammation Or Prevent Further Enlargement Or Anything To Help With The Leaking Instead Of The Viagra 3×a Day Which Is Making Him Want To Jump On Everything And Overwork Himself And The Lasix Which Is Completely Dehydrating At 2xaday 50mg The Vetmedin Is 5 Mg 1/4 Tab 2x Aday & Da Epmy Little Boo Boo Is About 12 1/2 Yrsld He's Really A Special Case He Was Born Dead Because His Mama Was Too Small To Carry Him Anyhow The Doctor Performed A C-section On His Mama And When He Came Out He Was Dead The Doctor Shot Him With An Adrenaline Shot And Brought Him Back Since The Moment He Took His First Breath He Has Been The Happiest Most Loving Most Kissing And Love Life Dog Ever Never Once Has He Had A Bad Day Or Sad Moment Or Anything Or Any Health Issues After He Was Brought Back The Doctor Told Us Then And There He Had A Heart Murmur Never Never Once Has He Had Any Problems Health Issues Or Anything Whatsoever In Association With The Heart Murmur With Heart With Anything Period Or To Go And See The Vet Or Be Seen Or Anything Whatsoever Like That All Of A Sudden Last Month He Started Panting And Coughing Out Of The Blue I Immediately Said Congestive Heart Failure Because Of His Heart Murmur Took Him To The Vet They Were Thinking Kennel Cough And Then They Did A Couple Radiographs And What Not And Saw That I Was Correct And It Was Congestive Heart Failure I Had A Lot Of Difficulty Tracking Down A Vet Cardiologists I Finally Found One We Did An Echocardiogram And He Did Not Offer Me A Lot Of Information He Said That His Left Metrical Ventricle Was Leaking Blood An Said He Needed Constant Oxygen And To Be Left There In There Oxygen Chamber To Keep Him There For A Week And I Just Did Not Want To Leave My Baby There With Them Just Because Of The Lack Of Info An Care Also$5007.98 For Oxygen In The Report They Wrote That He'd Be Going In Intervals For Oxygen So Basically Whenever He Would Need It Not To Be Kept There And When I Pointed That Out They Were Like Oh No No He's Going To Be Kept In Their 24/7 And Then They Said Well Depends If He Doesn't Need It We Will Take Him Out Well1)the Whole Purpose Was Constant Oxygen Chamber Not Oh Well We're Going To Rotate Him With Intervals So Therefore I Felt Like It Just It Was Not A Good Place For Him To Be 2)were They Are Is Very Far Away From Where I Live 3) Results From His Echocardiogram The Doctor Retract His Basic Diagnosis In A Few Different Point He Says He's At Stage C Then He Says Well Through Looking At Results Further Information That Oh Not As Severe As Earlier Diagnosis Or Earlier Stated Or You Know I Just Don't No What Is The True Problem The Fact That I Followed Up With X-rays And With Other Vets And He Has No Fluid Or Liquid Buildup In His Lungs He Has Been Eating And Was Happy And Is Happy As Can Be But There Are Situations Where He's Panting And Where He Can't Breathe And I'm Thinking It Could Also Be The Fact That They Put Him On Viagra20mg Vetmedin5mg 1/4tab And Lasix50mg (and Also Add Week Ago Enalapril 20mg 1tab Every 12 Hrs) The Cardiologists Said Then That His Heart Has Enlarged 3× It's Size Cuz He Was Not Given A Steroid An I Asked Him Why He's Not On An Anti-inflammatory Or Put Him On Something To Wear It's Trying To Reduce The Inflammation Or To Help Slow The Leaking Or To Help With The Circulation Of Blood /oxygen Ect.. Instead Of The Viagra 3×a Day Which Is Making Him Want To Jump On Everything And Overwork Himself And The Lasix Which Is Completely Dehydrating At 50mg 2xaday He Said Well Can't Do Anything Now But The Enlarged Heart An That Was That With Info Or Anything So Idk? Now For The Past 2 Days My Baby Boy Has Completely And Utterly Been Just So Sad Not Wanting To Eat Not Wanting To Anything I Feel Like I'm Doing Him More Harm Than Good Due To The Torture Of Pills It's Such Torturous Struggle With The Pills Lately He Picks Through Every Thing That He Is Eating Just To See Whether Or Not There's A Pill The Low Sodium Diet Just Keeping Him Away From Everything And Anything That He Used To Love An Keeping Him Enclosed Now It Just Feels Like He's Given Up On Life He Is Just Not Happy What Should I Do I Also Might Add He Has A Bad Tooth An My Vet Says She's Afraid To Put Him Under To Pull The Tooth Cuz He May Not Come Out Due To Da Murmur Could All This Just Have Been Cuz He Had A Bad Toothache An Now I've Made It Into Chf ??? Iam Truly Sorry For The Novel Iv Writen But I Would Like You To Have All The Info.. As I Have It Anyway... I Do Thank You For Your Time..

Answer:Most Likely Has Leaky Mitral Valves Known As Mitral Regurgitation, Which Is A Common Degenerative Disease Of The Heart In Dogs, Especially In Toy And Smaller Breeds. Treatment Is Typically Straight Forward And/or If You Are Under Care Of Cardiologist, I Would Follow His Or Her Directions I.e Diuretics Like Lasix, Meds To Dilate Blood Vessels Like Enalopril Or Benazopril, As Well As The Wonderful Drug In Recent Years Known As Vetmedin. Other Diuretics To Reduce Fluid May Be Needed Such As Spironolactone, As Well As Sometimes Drugs Like Even Viagra, If The Pressures Are Too High In The Lungs, Which A Veterinary Cardiologist Can Usually Tell You After An Echo. Sometimes I Have Used Nitroglycerin Ointment To The Ear Flaps In Bad Cases, But Cardiologists Today Dont Use That Often Any More. I Would Not Put Him Under To Pull A Tooth, Unless He Gets Clearance By A Cardiologist. Hope This Helps As Your Question Was Very Difficult To Understand And Quite Long

Date: 03/03/16
Category: Allergy
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My 2 Small Dogs Cannot Stop Scratching

Question:I Have Had Several Vet Visits Over The Years Because Of Allergies In My Dogs. My Ollie Has Flee Allergies And The Other Candy Has Skin And Bacterial And Airborne Allergies. They Are Scratching Now More Than Ever. Candy Is On Apaquel And Ollie Is On Heart Meds For Congestive Heart Failure And Every Time He Scratches He Coughs More. My Questions Is What Can I Do To Relieve Their Itching? It's So Bad They Are Raw And Bloody. I Live In Fla Where Flees Are Always A Problem. I Have Tried All The Flee Meds On The Market And I Recently Put Them On Comfortis And It Says Side Effects Is Itching. Is It Allergies From The Environment Or Is It The Comfortis? They Are Both Senior Dogs As Well 13 And 15. Please Help I Feel So Helpless Trying Everything To Make Them Feel Better Including Medicated Baths, Allergy Pills For Dogs, Flee Meds, Hydrocortizone Cream, Sprays, Etc.

Answer:I Would Try Over The Counter Antihistamine Called Zyrtec At Dose Of One Half Mg Per Pound Once To Twice Daily. You Can Also Try Yucca Intensive From 1800petmeds. I Would See Your Vet Though For Ok On These Meds As They Are Older Pets With Chronic Disease. I Have Also Find Natural Supplement Quercitin From Health Food Store Sometimes Helpful With Allergic Itching. Try Natural Flea Meds On This Site Or Go To Www.fiestapetdeli.com

Date: 01/11/16
Category: Heart/Blood Pressure
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Chf

Question:My Cat Cuddles Is 11 Years Old, Weighs 20 Lbs And Was Just Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure And Diabetes.. I Was Wondering, About How Long With A Cat Live With Chf? When The Vet Took An X Ray Of His Heart, There Was So Much Fluid Surrounding It That She Could Not See His Heart.

Answer:Prognosis Is Guarded For Months Likely, But Occasionally Cats Can Live Years With Proper Medication And Monitoring By A Veterinary Cardiologist. I Would Suggest A Referral To One And An Echocardiogram

Date: 02/19/14
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Food

Question:What Is The Best Dog Food, Both Canned And Dry? I Have Small American Eskimos. One Has The Start Of Congestive Heart Failure And Is On Salix 12.5mg. And Enalapriil Maleate 2.5 Mg. (male) The Female Has The Start Of Arthritis. Neither Are Over Weight. Thank You.

Answer:I Prefer Low Carb, Low Grain Diets Like Wysong Epigen Diets From 1800petmeds.

Date: 10/16/13
Category: Heart/Blood Pressure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Misdiagnosis? Please Help

Question: Dr. Dym, My 14 Yd Old Beagle(spankey)has Been Snorting, It Sometimes Sounds Like A Horse, Snoring, Frequent Problems Breathing, Hacking To Me It Sounds Like Congestion? This Recent Condition Started Approximately 5 Weeks Ago. Spankey Weighs Approx. 21 Lbs. Background; In Spankeys Life Span, From An Early Age He Has Experienced Seizures Which Lasted Maybe 5 Minutes, They Weren't Grand Mal, But His Muscles Would Stiffen And He Would Look Disoriented. No Medication Was Administered, The Dr. At The Time Wanted To Send Him Out To Cornell For A Test Study, I Decided Against Any Of That And Thought Just Let Him Live Out His Life Without Being Poked And Prodded. So Here We Are 13 Years Later. When Spankey Was Approx. 11yrs Old He Was Diagnosed With A Heart Murmur And Put On Medication, Benazepril 5mg. At That Time, He Had An Occasional Cough, Which Subsided A Short Time Later. I Had Made A Decision Early On In Spankey Life, To Not Over Medicate. He Was Rarely Brought To The Dr. Only When Necessary To Update Rabies Shot. He Had Tooth Surgery At 10 Yrs Old, He Cracked A Rear Tooth On A Bone And It Became Infected And Was Extracted. Let Me Get Back To My Recent Concerns; 5 Weeks Or So I Brought Him To The Dr., Because Of The Weird Noises Spankey Was Making. My Dr., Lets Call Him Dr K. Checked Spankey And Drew Blood And Stated That He Has Minimal Fluid Around The Heart And Prescribed Lasix, Twice A Day 12.5mg. This Didn't Seem To Help, But I Kept Him On The Both The Meds. Side Note; When Spankey Goes To The Vet He Shows No Signs Of The Current Condition? Spankey Condition Seemed To Be Progressing? I Went Online And Looked Up Congestive Heart Failure, Some Of The Symptoms Fit, So Back To The Dr K. I Went, Unfortunately He Was On Vacation, I Saw A Different Dr., I Suggested The Congestive Heart Failure, She Listened To His Heart And Stated She Doesn't Hear Any Alarming Condition And Without Extensive Testing Like An Ecko Cardiogram Etc... And Said Continue The Lasix, I Asked Could It Be Allergies? Because It Sounds All Nasally, She Said If I Wanted She Will Give Me Allergy Meds And See If It Helps, Atarax 10mg. She Also Stated For Me Watch In Giving Any Food With A Lot Of Salt Content. And Off I Went, I Tried All The Conbinations Of Meds, And Saw Not Change, The Allergy Meds I Gave For 2 Days Then Stopped. Spankeys Appetite Is Off, But He Wants The Dog Treats Instead. 10/12/13, We Became Very Concerned Again, The Sounds He's Making Are Funny But Alarming, When He Opens His Mouth To Drink Water It Actually Sounds Like You Can Hear His Heart Beating? My Wife Brought Him Back To The Dr., Also A Different Dr., We Thought The Dr. Was Going To Recommend That We Put Him Down. But After A Chest Xray And Spankey Again Not Showing The Symptoms We Hear, The Dr. Said His Blood Pressure Was Up And Gave Us Another Medication, Norvasc 2.5 Mg.? My Wife Agaain Asked The Dr. About Congestive Heart Failure And The Dr. Said If He Was In Heart Failure He Would Of Never Made It Of The Xray Table. The Dr. Again Listen To The Heart. He Suggested Spankey See A Cardiologist, More $$$$$. I Just Don't Know Anymore Any Suggestion Would Be Greatly Appreciated. I Hope I Made Some Sense Out This? Thankyou For Listening, Frustrated In East Meadow N.y. Gary Marra

Answer:Hi Gary. As A Holistic Vet As Well As Traditional Vet From 23 Plus Years Experience Who Trained At Cornell And Penn, And Who Grew Up In Oceanside I Will Give You As Honest Opinion As I Can. It Does Not Sound Like Heart Failure To Me, Although I Would Have To Look At His X Rays To Be Sure. Not A Difficult Diagnosis Based On X Rays And Physical Exam. From Your Description It Sounds Like What You May Be Seeing Is Something Called "reverse Sneezing" Which Is Very Common In Dogs, And Can Occur From Various Triggers, And In My Opinion I See Animals Affected By Rabies Vaccination Who May Show Signs Of This As Well As Other Symptoms I.e Disturbed Heart Function, Seizures, Etc. Go To You Tube And Look For Video For Dog Who Reverse Sneezes To See If That Is What Your Dog Does, As It Does Not Usually Need To Be Treated. Reverse Sneezing Is Very Common And Your Vets Should Know That, As Well As You Could Video What Your Dog Does For The Local Vets. Also Consider Working With A Homeopathic Vet To Try And Help Him Over Period Of Time. To Learn More About Homeopathy, Go To Www.beyondflatearth.com As Well As My Website Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations.

Date: 05/03/13
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Congestive Heart Failure

Question:My 11 Year Old Pom Has Been Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure And Has Been Put On 3 Different Medications: Furosemide, Enacard, And Vetmedin. Since Then She Has Not Eaten And It Has Been 3 Days Now. I Have Tried Everything To Get Her To Eat Using Even Her Favorite Foods Including The Canned Food The Vet Provided But Nothing. Why Is This Occurring? Is This Normal Because Of The Pills Or Is My Baby Girl Telling Me Something. I Am Desperate To Know What Else I Can Do Because It Seems She Wants To Eat But Not Sure Why She Won't. Any Information Or Help You Can Provide Will Be Appreciated. Thank You

Answer:Enacard And/or Furosemide Can Cause Problems With Appetite On Occasion And Even With Kidney Function. Best To Have Recheck Exam And Possible Blood Work To Sort This Out.

Date: 05/03/13
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Congestive Heart Failure

Question:My 11 Year Old Pom Has Been Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure And Has Been Put On 3 Different Medications: Furosemide, Enacard, And Vetmedin. Since Then She Has Not Eaten And It Has Been 3 Days Now. I Have Tried Everything To Get Her To Eat Using Even Her Favorite Foods Including The Canned Food The Vet Provided But Nothing. Why Is This Occurring? Is This Normal Because Of The Pills Or Is My Baby Girl Telling Me Something. I Am Desperate To Know What Else I Can Do Because It Seems She Wants To Eat But Not Sure Why She Won't. Any Information Or Help You Can Provide Will Be Appreciated. Thank You

Answer:Answered Previously.

Date: 05/27/12
Category: Heart/Blood Pressure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Won't Take Medicine-congestive Heart Failure

Question:Our 7.5 Year Old Boxer Was Diagnosed 2 Weeks Ago With Congestive Heart Failure (severe). He Has Been Put On Pimobendan, Mexiletine, Benazepril, Furosemide, And Sotalol. Some 2x/day, Some 3x/day, Some 1 Pill, Some 1.5 Pill, Some 2 Pill. After Getting Some Down Him The 1st Day, He Is Very Wary Of Any Food Item And Has Stopped Eating Except A Very Little, Smells And Looks Over Everything We Try To Give Him. Seems He Doesn't Trust Any Type Of Food. What Should Be Do, We Have Tried Medicine In Every Imaginable Food To Tempt Him. He Won't Even Eat Things He Use To Love. Help Is There One Med We Should Concentrate On More Than Others? My Husband Can Manage To Get A Pill Down His Throat Occassionally, But I Cannot Do It Alone. He Is 60 Lbs.

Answer:I Would Focuse On Benazopril, Furosemide And Pimobendan As Most Important. See Vet As Could Have Metabolic Problem That Blood Work Would Reveal.

Date: 01/31/12
Category: Digestive Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Won't Eat

Question:My Cat Has Been Taking Furosemige 12.5 Mg And Enalaprill 2.5 Mg Daily For Congestive Heart Failure For 6 Weeks Now But Lately He Won't Eat And Has Lost About 3 Lbs. Other Than This (he's 12 Yrs Old) He Seems To Be Fine And Is Sleeping A Lot. How Can I Get Him To Eat Something? He Even Turns Up His Nose At Healthy Treats!

Answer:I Would Take Him Back To Vet And Have Blood Work Done To Make Sure No Problem With Kidneys Which Should Be Monitored While On This Medication.

Date: 11/12/11
Category: Other
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: New And Strange Behavior

Question:Hi, I Have A 13 Year Old Miniature Schnauzer Who Has Always Been The Picture Of Health And 'never, Ever' Chewed On Anything. She Never Tore Toys Up Or Chewed On Furniture-nothing. Since This Past Summer She Has Developed A Heart Murmur And Congestive Heart Failure And Has Suffered Some Mini Strokes And 1 Pretty Serious Seizure That She Has Seemed To Snap Back From Pretty Well. Her Only Problem Is That Now She Is Obsessed With Chewing On Our Brick Hearth (which I Have Had To Cover Up) And Licking On Anything Metal And Occasionally Wood, But Mostly Metal. We Are Totally At A Loss. Could This Be Neurological Or A Sudden Mineral Deficiency? Thank You So Much For Any Insight You Could Give. Melissa

Answer:Not Likely Mineral Deficiency, But Likely A Neurological Obsessive/compulsive Type Issue.

Date: 03/22/11
Category: Cough
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Congestive Heart Failure And Bronchial Problems

Question:My Dog Trixie Is Suffering From Congestive Heart Failure And Coughing Alot. Right Now I Have Her On Aminophylline, 3 Times A Day,Furosemide-2 Times A Day,Enalapril-once A Day,Temeril-p -twice A Day(1/2 Tablet And This Is Day Two)and She Is On Amoxicillin-2 Times A Day.my Question Is Why Is She Still Coughing If She Is On All These Medications? Is She On Too Much Medication Or Is There Something Else I Should Be Giving Her.she Is A 12 Year Old Pomeranian. I Do Realize That She May Be At The End Of Her Time Having Had 4 Other Poms Before Her. Thank You For Your Time.

Answer:I Would Ask Vet About Possibly Changing Antibiotic To Doxycycline Or Baytril In Case Rsistant Bacteria. Often Dogs With Advanced Heart Failure Will Cough No Matter What Meds They Are On. Another Good Cough Suppressant Is Tussigon Or Hycodan Which You Could Also Ask Your Vet About.

Date: 03/13/11
Category: Seizure Disorder
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seizures In Aging Dogs

Question:We Had 3 Dachshunds Aged 10 To 15 Years Old. One At A Time, They Began To Have Seizures Which Caused A Trip To Their Vet. Congestive Heart Disease Was The Diagnosis And Was Treated With Enalopril And Furosemide. After Each Seizure, The Vet Would Inject A Diuretic. The Youngest Pet Was Diagnosed First And Died Within 6 Months. The Next Pet Was Diagnosed And Died Within 4 Months. The Oldest Was Diagnosed Last And Died Within Weeks. None Had A History Of Seizures. Now We Have Another 12 Yr. Old Dachshund That We Recently Took In And He Has Been Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure Too, Is On The Same Meds, But He Does Not Have The Seizures, And In Fact, His Vet (different From The First)never Heard Of This Disease Causing Seizures In Dogs. I've Always Wondered About Our 3 Pets And The Seizures Happening Almost Concurrently. Can You Help Me Understand This. In The Back Of My Mind, I Believe They Were Poisoned.

Answer:Seems Like Odd Coincidence. Seizures Can Have Many Causes Even Reactions To Topical Flea Products And Vaccinations, But Most Of Time We Dont Know Cause.

Date: 10/28/09
Category: Antibiotics/Anti-Infectives
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Furosemide

Question:My Vet Said That My Pomeranian Has Congestive Heart Failure And Has Prescribed Furosemide 1/4 Tablet Of A 40 Mg Pill, This Antibiotic Makes Him Drink Lots Of Water And Now He Is Unable To Make It All Day Without Going Potty In The House While We Are At Work. He Feels Really Bad And I Am Getting Fed Up With It Too. Why Does He Need To Be On This Medicine, He Is 9 Years Old, What Are The Concequences If I Don't Give Him This Medicine? We Would Both Be Much Happier If He Didn't Pee In The House? Karen

Answer:I Would First Make Sure Your Vet's Diagnosis Is Accurate. I Would Ask To Have Echocardiogram Done And Read Out By Board Certified Vet Cardiologist. If Truly Has Lealy Mitral Valve, Then Sometimes Furosemide Is Needed At Some Dose, But There Are Also Equally As Important If Not More Important Drugs Like Enalopril And Vetmedin Which You Can Get Script From And Fill At 1800petmeds, But Make Sure Your Vet Is Correct In His Diagnosis First.

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