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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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DateAug 22, 2021
CategoryCongestive Heart Failure
Pet TypeDog
TopicShould I go to emergency hospital
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My dogs been panting and shaking and acting like she’s scared for three hours now. She has a heart murmur and on medication for that and blood pressure. Should I take her to the emergency vet?

Answer:

With such nonspecific clinical signs, I can't tell exactly what is going on, so yes, having a local veterinarian check her out is ideal.

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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

Answer:

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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

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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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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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Question:

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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Question:

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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Question:

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

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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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