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Ask the Vet About Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs and Cats

Congestive Heart Failure
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Ask the Vet About Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs & Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Feb 26, 2017
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diet

Question:My dog is almost 15 and she is a 13 1/2 lb. pug which she has weighed at her highest about 16 lbs but she was diagnosed with CHF a year ago and I am having a hard time at this point getting her to eat. She has been on the no salt green bean diet with blue buffalo life protection small chunks for seniors. Smokey has not been eating well at all so I have bee boiling white chicken breast and adding to her dry dog food and she will gobble down. I don't won't too hurt her so is that safe with her condition? Chicken wouldn't have salt in it right? Thank you, Julie King

Answer:I would not be overly concerned about the salt content of the diet at this point, but I would have vet recheck to see if any adjustments and/or additions to any prescription current meds are needed, as well as blood profile done to rule e out any other complications at this age, including liver/kidney disease, etc

Date: Feb 17, 2017
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Low sodium food

Question:What is the lowest sodium dog food ?

Answer:The one I like for my congestive heart failure patients is Hill's Science Diet H/D - I don't know if it's THE lowest in sodium but it's one of them. It also has other things that help my heart failure patients like fatty acids, antioxidants, taurine and L-carnitine, etc. (Disclaimer: I am definitely not a food sales-person so I don't benefit in any way by recommending their food, but they should feel free to contact me in the future because I am a fan of their food, lol) There are really good medications for congestive heart failure right now as well so work closely with your veterinarian to find what cocktail works best for your dog.

Date: Jan 12, 2017
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: coughing

Question:my dog previously was in congestive heart failure about two years ago. He is a 13 years old (chihuahua). he is coughing now, for the past few days, and his respiratory rate is slightly increased (usually it's 20 at rest and now its between 30-40 at rest). however, he does not seem to be having trouble breathing. he is eating and drinking fine and seems normal otherwise. should i take him into the emergency hospital tonight? or do you think he's ok to wait till tomorrow when my vet is open? I'd prefer to wait till tomorrow if you think it's safe?

Answer:I would take him to ER for evaluation and possibly lab work and definitely x rays. Additional meds may be needed like additional diuretics or adjustment in his heart meds based on this workup

Date: Jul 3, 2016
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
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: Feb 19, 2014
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
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: May 3, 2013
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
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: May 3, 2013
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
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: May 27, 2012
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
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: Nov 12, 2011
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
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: Dec 4, 2005
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Re Mitral Valve Prolapse

Question:what Is The Life Expectncy After This Diagnosis. My Dog Is 10 Years Old And Is Being Seen By A Cardo Vet. He Will Not Venture An Opinion. He Is An Excellent Vet otherwise And Has Put My Pet Under A Regimen Of 5 Medicines (including Norvask And Diuretics)benny Is A Lhasa Apso. thank You

Answer:Many Dogs Can Live For Years With Mitral Regurgitation. However Once They Have Bouts Of Congestive Heart Failure Then Long Term Prognosis Is Poor.


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