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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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 5, 2020
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Having trouble ordering medicine needed

Question:My dog Joy was diagnosed by California Veterinary Specialists 2310 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760)431-2273 Dr Sharon Huston DVM DACVIM-Cardiology >>My question is , Ive tried a few times to order it here on your website, I keep getting an error message. I need to order this medicine, now.

Answer:This is the Ask the Vet section - call the 1-800-Petmeds number for help with placing your order.

Date: Jan 31, 2020
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: furosemide causing blood to thicken

Question:My Chi has heart failure and is on vetmedin and furosemide. According to our vet, the furosemide dehydrated him and his blood was very thick. She gave him fluid and told me that could account for his disorientation and aggression because there was less oxygen carried to his brain. She cut the med to once weekly and we are encouraging more water. Yesterday he was near normal again in his behavior. Today it's been some worse again. Is this normal and will it take him a while to get over it?

Answer:That's not really normal, but different dogs show different clinical signs. Your veterinarian is definitely the best one to ask about his prognosis - they have ausculted his heart and looked directly at his x-rays so they know the severity.

Date: Jan 20, 2020
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Undersized heart and external fluid

Question:All of the advice online is about dogs with enlarged hearts, but my dog has a too small heart. He had an X-ray yesterday and is on a diuretic to drain the fluids through urine over 7 days. He had been coughing prior. What else can we do to help him and prevent this from becoming CHF? What foods should he eat? Should he do more or less exercise? Are there are any other supplements?

Answer:An undersized heart is very unusual - you can always ask for a referral to a cardiologist. He should eat low sodium food. There are actual diets developed for dogs with heart problems, like Science Diet Hill's H/D. The amount of exercise usually depends on the severity which only your veterinarian knows so ask them that. I like the supplement Coenzyme Q10 for my heart failure patients, so ask your veterinarian if that might be right for him - it is found in supplement like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Cell+Advance+880-prod10452.html

Date: Jan 14, 2020
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Meds

Question:Do you deliver meds

Answer:Yes

Date: Jan 10, 2020
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication Availability

Question:CoCo has two meds - (1) Theophylline 400mg#10 1/8 tablet by mouth twice a day for cough. (2) Vetmedin 2.5 mg #50 (1) bottle. Give1/2 tablet by mouth twice daily for heart failure.

Answer:Yes: Here is a link to Theophylline: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Theophylline+ER-prod10139.html and Vetmedin: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetmedin+%28pimobendan%29-prod10980.html

Date: Jan 7, 2020
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm

Question:What does med do?

Answer:I can't tell exactly what you are asking - but heartworm medications prevent dogs from getting worms in their heart.

Date: Dec 4, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Grain free dog food

Question:Is it bad for our dogs? That's all I use due to her anal gland issues for higher fiber. 8lb morkie 7 yrs old Feeling concerned.

Answer:A grain free diet doesn't really help anal gland issues - if she has allergies to something, it may keep her from scooting from itchy skin from allergies. Speak with your veterinarian about exactly why she is on the grain free diet. I lean toward wanting to take them off of them right now until we know more, but I don't want her allergies to get bad again.

Date: Nov 16, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pimobendan

Question:My vet recommended pimobendan 2.5mg to give my dog twice a day. I did see you are sold out of the 2.5mg would it be okay to give my dog 4 pills of the 1.25mg that you do have in stock?

Answer:Yes, that is fine - if that is the dosage your veterinarian wants him/her on BUT what would be exponentially more cost effective is to have your veterinarian write the script for 5mg and give 1/2 twice daily. They are scored so giving half is a great option. (That's really better than the 2.5mg - saves a lot of money in the long run - I just did the math and will now write my scripts for the larger doses - I didn't realize these were scored - you can't half non-scored tablets)

Date: Oct 20, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Coughing

Question:Hello my pet suffers from bad coughing due to an enlarged heart pressing on her esophagus, I was just wondering if you need anything at all aside from furosemide that could help. She takes furosemide 2x a day, and the coughing seems worse at night, anything you can suggest would be helpful

Answer:There are many other medications that may help her (vetmedin, enalapril, etc) and her furosemide dosage may need adjusting if she is still coughing. Your veterinarian will need to listen to her, run some blood work and take some x-rays to know which medication(s) is best for her.

Date: Oct 9, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Galliprant and Heart Medications

Question:Thanks for your answer- I should have noted the heart medications they are - Furosemide - Diltiazem- Vetmedian - and Propranolol. Thank you.

Answer:Well now reading the fine print, I'm seeing "Concomitant use of protein-bound drugs with Galliprant (grapiprant tablets) has not been studied. Commonly used protein-bound drugs include cardiac, anticonvulsant and behavioral medications." so I would feel better if you contacted the manufacturer and went over each of these drugs, dosages, weight of your dog, etc. Here is the contact page from their website: https://www.elanco.us/contact

Date: Oct 8, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seeking answers.

Question:Hello. So recently I had a puppy. She was around 4 months old. She would breath really hard since I got her 2 months ago. But recently died. Now she was normal until the last 24 hours. The only difference was she couldn't bark and wasn't as playful an would hardly drink water. She would throw up a small amount of water after drinking. Now withing the last 40 minutes of her life she seemed to be a lil weak an was still walking around but her breathing was hard and punctual and sounded like she was wheezing. her stool was normal pee was too. But as I grabbed her In my arms to comfort her she looked at me with sad eyes. Relaxed made a growl like noise and died. Upon death she bleed through her nose only. Just need some answers as to if I may be right or if maybe it was possibly something else.Thank you a bunch

Answer:I am so sorry for your loss - even though you didn't have her very long, it's still hard. 4 month old dogs rarely die of congestive heart failure - it will more commonly be distemper or parvo virus, but I am just guessing - I would have needed to examine her to give you any kind of useful advice.

Date: Oct 8, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Galliprant and Heart Medications

Question:Hello- My dog has hip dysplasia and has been prescribed Galliprant, she is also on Heart Medications. Two of our Vet's. do not believe there would be any problems using these together. Do you know of any problems using these drugs together ? Thank you.

Answer:It would be ideal if I knew exactly which heart medications but I can't think of any that react adversely with Galliprant.

Date: Sep 24, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bleeding

Question:I have a japanese chin that is 10 years old. She occasionally has seizures, she is also totally blind now. She has started bleeding. What could be causing this? She doesn't get around as good as she use to.

Answer:I would need to know where she is bleeding from to really help you (nose, urine, feces, etc. - all very different problems).

Date: Sep 20, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Coughing

Question: My dog is a Yorky-Pom, she is in the stage 4 CHF, she is currently taking him a Pimobendan , Lasix, and Enacard, and hydrocodone for coughing. My question is the hydrocodone does not seem to relieve much coughing is there an over-the-counter cough suppressant I can give her in addition to the hydrocodone. My vet has not gotten back to me

Answer:They will probably want to recheck her to see if the coughing is from fluid build up in her lungs. If it is, they will need to increase her Lasix dosage and/or add another diuretic instead of a cough suppressant.

Date: Sep 14, 2019
Category: Congestive Heart Failure
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: absolute cheapest med for chf

Question:My 13 yr old miniature dachshund has cong. heart failure. but we only have 40$ maybe 50$ dollars to spend on meds.I don't know what to do. He needs 3 meds. vetmedin is most expensive that's the one that we really truly can't afford..please help..my dog is really scared and so am I ..

Answer:Like many things in life, of course, the most expensive one is the best, but there are many others and it entirely depends on his case as to which ones are most important for him - like if he is coughing because of fluid on his lungs, cheap ole Lasix (furosemide) will make him feel better, etc. so consult your veterinarian about which medications may be appropriate for him based on his symptoms and x-rays and within your budget.


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