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DateJul 29, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
Topictest test
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Question:

testing answer ing question from our vet

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DateJul 19, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicEnlarged heart
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Question:

What are some ways I can keep my dog healthy since he is 13, and has an enlarged heart? So far he seems healthy and active. He is a schnautzer (spelling?) and about four pounds overweight.

Answer:

Your veterinarian is definitely the best one to ask that question of - they will have all of his bloodwork and chest x-rays and can make the best recommendations. Along with whatever heart medications he might be on, ask them if coenzyme Q10 might be right for him - it is a supplement I like to use in my older cardiac patients.

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DateJun 26, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicCoughing
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Question:

Hello, my dog is taking vetmedrin , she coughs too much, must at nights, if I reduce sodium, can she gets better?. Thank you

Answer:

Without knowing any more about her, it is impossible for me to really guess. She probably needs a diuretic added to her medication and/or increasing it's dosage so see your veterinarian if the cough continues. Reducing the sodium may help a little but not much.

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DateJun 3, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicLow sodium, Taurine Positive food for kitten.
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Question:

I have a 5 Month old kitten recently diagnosed with CHF. Given his age and severity of his heart failure they recommend a food with 50 mg of sodium per 100kcalories, that also has Taurine. I'm having problems find info on a majority of cat food brands or one that is a kitten food. Any info greatly appreciated. thank you!

Answer:

I know of no food that is that low in sodium, has taurine added and is approved for a growing kitten - I'm pretty sure one food with all of that doesn't exist. Your kitten's problem is very rare. Working with a nutritional specialist at your local veterinary school will be most ideal - you will need a referral from your veterinarian that has all of his records.

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DateMay 30, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicVetmedin
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Is vetmedin /Pimobenedan 1.25 chewable the same for dogs and cats?

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Vetmedin /Pimobenedan is not approved for use in cats - only dogs.

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DateApr 27, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicMeds
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Can a dog with chf and on heart meds take metcam

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Probably, but it depends on the individual dogs' organ function, which is determined by blood work so consult your veterinarian for the best advice about your dog.

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DateApr 27, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicFluid on the lungs.
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On two separate Maltese three days after a procedure they both developed fluid on the lungs. Beau had a simple skin tag removed and was so bad he had to be put down. Gracie had some teeth extracted and had a lump removed from her teat and again on the third day she has fluid on her lungs. Why? Why would two different procedures produce the same outcome?

Answer:

I'm so sorry you had to go through that with them. I would need to see all of their records and x-rays and examine them to really give you any kind of advice though.

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DateApr 4, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicAlternative medication
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Question:

My dog just started Vetmedin or Pimobendan. Is there any alternative as she has been sick ever since. She already has a sensitive stomach but this is causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

Answer:

Vetmedin is the gold standard for many dogs in congestive heart failure so I wouldn't want you to change without consulting your veterinarian that prescribed it - they may need to decrease the dosage but don't even do that until you consult your veterinarian - it really depends on many variables (primarily the severity of the heart failure, but also blood work, etc. - which your veterinarian has access to).

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DateMar 30, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicChf
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My were almost 8yrs old this coming Nov 2021. He was diagnosed w/ tracheal collapsed last aug then fluid in the lungs , he was fine the after medication but this March his liver was affected then after medication his chest xray was almost white that u can hardly see the lining of the heart. Every night ir midnight hes making a sound like hes having a hard time in breathing. His doctor prescribed him 2x a day for nss nebz. Pimobendan, furosemide, liverolin vit, cardi excel(taurine vit), prednisolone Is it safe that hes taking all these medications? Were from philippines and its summer now in here. Hes having a hard time because of the weather . My question is when hes having episodes can i nebulize him with atrovent? because ventolin seems like its not working on him.

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I can't figure out why he is on prednisolone - steroids are not the greatest for a dog in congestive heart failure but he may have another condition that benefits from it and I would need to know exact dosages of all of these medications, his weight, his last bloodwork, etc to really make exact recommendations so consult your veterinarian, who has access to all of those things, for the best advice.

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DateMar 2, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicMeds
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Question:

My dog take 2 pills of 1.25 mg 3 times a day total of six pills sounds like a lot to me what is your info on this

Answer:

Exactly what medication are you referring to - we use many kinds of medications for congestive heart failure? And how much does your dog weigh? Dosage also depends a lot on severity of the disease, x-rays and blood work, so your veterinarian will always be the best one to ask about the perfect dosage for your individual dog.

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DateFeb 24, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
Topicmelatonin and vetmedin
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Melatonin and vetmedin ..any interaction? Also takes joint supplement.. Forgot to ask vet. Was only hearing heart murmur.

Answer:

Those are usually fine together, although with most medications, it's usually ideal to spread them out a few hours, but consult your veterinarian for the best advice - they will factor in your pets entire history, age, weight, blood work, etc.

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DateFeb 6, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
Topicdiet supplement
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My vet is recommending Taurine and Carnitine 1000mg for my dog. Where do I find these in those amounts?

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I would try your local GNC store - they should have both of those.

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DateJan 20, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicTerabytaline
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Is there a discount for pets fir a 2.5 mg tablet? Good experience used to give t to us fir $43.00 a month. That appears to have changef

Answer:

This is the "Ask the Vet" section for medical questions. Contact customer service about any pricing issues. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateJan 13, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
Topicvetmedin
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Question:

My 12 year old chewneeie hates pills. He will eat any food from around the pill. Does vetmedin come in a liquid form. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:

It does not come in liquid that I am aware of - contact the manufacturer to see for sure. If you haven't tried Greenies Pill Pockets, they work for most dogs - here is a link to read about them: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Greenies+Pill+Pockets-prod11029.html

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DateJan 8, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet Typenull
TopicHeart problem
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My dog has an enlarged heart and fluid and is on vetmedin and I am wondering if she should also be taking a diuretic for the fluid or is the vetmedin enough?

Answer:

It entirely depends on the severity of the fluid, so your veterinarian, who has access to her radiographs (x-rays), is the best one to ask.

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