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DateMay 7, 2022
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicHealth
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Question:

Anything i can do for my 12 year old shitzu female afraid she is having congestive heart issues

Answer:

Yes, there are many potential treatment options for dogs with congestive heart problems - much of the same medications human take - most will require a prescription from your veterinarian. Here is a direct link to our page detailing treatment options for dogs with CHF: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/congestive-heart-failure-treatment-dog-c.html

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DateApr 19, 2022
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
Topicvetmedin 1.25 mg
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Question:

My pet Missy passed. She had a heart murur range 4 after taken vetmedin stop eating and vomiting within 2months she dead. Vetmedin kill my dog

Answer:

I'm so sorry to hear that about Missy! Since Vetmedin has been out for many years now, it seems fairly safe so I am more suspicious that the underlying heart failure might have been the cause, but I would need to know a lot more about her to really guess (her weight, what her bloodwork looked like prior to starting, specifically her kidneys, etc.) so speak directly with the veterinarian that prescribed the Vetmedin for the best advice.

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DateMar 10, 2022
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicHeart medicine
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Question:

Is Enapryl needed on a long term basis or just for short term. I am trying to u sweat and if I should get the auto shipping for it every month.

Answer:

It really depends on the dog, but usually it will be given for the long term rather than short term.

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DateFeb 9, 2022
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicConsult for prescription
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Question:

Can i do an online consult?

Answer:

In veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your pet face-to-face must approve any prescription medications.

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DateJan 25, 2022
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicVetmedin
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Question:

What is the difference in the Vetmedin and Pimobendan besides cost? Donna

Answer:

They are the same thing - Vetmedin is the brand name - the active ingredient is pimobendan.

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DateJan 12, 2022
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicFluid build up in belly, enlarged heart and enlarged liver
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My 11 year old Beagle, male intact, has fluid build up in his belly. My vet has had him on Salix for 6 months and he is still the same girth and weight as when he started this medication. Is there a better diuretic or some thing else that can be used?

Answer:

You filed this under "Congestive Heart Failure" (CHF) so I assume that is the underlying cause, which would be the most common cause. Talk to your veterinarian, who has access to all of his bloodwork and x-rays and history, to determine the best medications to control the congestive heart failure. This is always the goal, not just to pull the fluid off. But to directly answer your question, salix (lasix/furosemide) is probably our strongest diurectic so his dosage may need to be increased and/or occasionally we add another diurectic to the salix, but his bloodwork has to look ok to do either of those things.

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DateJan 12, 2022
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicVetmedin UK size of tablet
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Question:

I just received my order of vetmedin(10mg) and the pill is much smaller than what I'm used to receiving. I was told it was the "UK version" and that it's indeed smaller. I just want to confirm this is indeed the case as I want to make sure my dog gets the proper dosage. Thank you

Answer:

This is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions. Contact customer support about that. 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 5, 2022
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedicine
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Question:

Do you carry hycodane?

Answer:

This is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions. Contact customer service for questions about what products they carry and whether they can order it for you: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateDec 6, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeHorse
Topichello. topic for me thanks
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Question:

hello. topic for me thanks kelly

Answer:

I'm not sure what you are trying to ask but since you categorized this question under Congestive Heart Failure here is a link to our article about heart failure: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/congestive-heart-failure-dog-cat-32.html

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DateOct 20, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicCHF food
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Question:

My 12 year old tea cup Yorkie have's congestive heart failure and needs wet food because she can’t really eat the hard food because she’s missing 10 teeth.

Answer:

Here is a link to a really good article, written by another veterinarian, about feeding your dog with CHF - at the end it lists options of really good foods - all of these come in canned (and dry) forms: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/nutrition-for-dogs-with-heart-disease

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DateOct 7, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicCoughing
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Question:

Precious (12 yr old papillon) is diagnosed with 6 grade heart murmur and collapsing trachea. She has started with coughing spells. What medicine do you recommend?

Answer:

I would really need to auscult her chest, see her bloodwork and see her radiographs to give you good advice so consult your veterinarian for the best advice. (A diuretic usually helps the cough the fastest, but other medications are usually indicated at that point as well.)

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DateOct 2, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicFleas
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Question:

Can dogs with cha be given flea treatment?

Answer:

Usually, but contact your veterinarian for the very best advice - it will depend on many things: what medications your dog takes for CHF, degree of heart failure, how well controlled the heart failure is, what flea medication you are planning on using, past bloodwork, etc etc.

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DateSep 24, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicVetmedin
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Question:

Cannot find on website. Do you still stock it?

Answer:

Yes - here is a direct link to it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetmedin+%28pimobendan%29-prod10980.html

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DateSep 5, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicNatural food
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Question:

What foods can I give to my dog that has a heart murmur. Besides white rice and chicken?

Answer:

Here is a really good article about nutrition and dogs with heart disease: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/nutrition-for-dogs-with-heart-disease

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DateAug 30, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicFood
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Question:

My dog was just diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and right sided congestive heart failure. She’s on furosemide, sildenafil, and vetmedin. She use to eat Purinaone salmon and rice dry food but throws it up now. The last week I’ve put her on plain chicken and rice. Any other suggestions for food? Thanks

Answer:

There are prescription diets that may be perfect for her like Science Diet H/D - made specifically for dogs in heart failure, but it will depend on many variables (last blood work, last x-rays, how she's responding to medication, etc.) so consult your veterinarian for the best advice.

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