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Congestive Heart Failure

Posted by chele49 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 20, 09 at 12:56

I am somewhat new here. Been a member, just haven't posted. I have a 13 year old male cocker spaniel. Back in February the vet said he had a heart murmur. He had a slight cough. Less than a month later he got to where he was having a very hard time breathing....rushed him back to the vet, this time CHF. He was put on lasix as needed and Vetmedin. My heart is breaking. He has lost weight, eats very little (no food has that low salt) and to top it off he has arthritis in one hip. His cough is worse. Vet says this medicine is the last there is for CHF. Anyone been there or there now with some advise?

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RE: Congestive Heart Failure

Im sorry you are going through this. I personally HATE this part of being a pet owner.
Your pup is 13 - and the meds your vet is giving you are the only that can be done without putting your pet through some serious treatments that it may or may not survive.
Live close to your pup, and talk about end of life possibilities with your vet.
I prefer to have a vet come to my home give my pup a nice cocktail of meds to relax him and then send him to the rainbow bridge in the comfort of my own home.
That your pup is 13 is a testament to you as a good pet owner.

RE: Congestive Heart Failure

If the cough is worse, he may need to change doses of medicines, especially to increase the dose of lasix. Can also ask about adding enalapril, which lowers BP to reduce preload on the heart. If those things don't work, then it may be time. I'm so sorry about your dog. He's a lucky boy to have had a good owner for so long.

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