What can I give my dog for congestive heart failure?
One of the most common types of medication used is called an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, or ACE inhibitor .
Examples of these are enalapril (Enacard®), lisinopril and benazepril.
These have been shown to improve both clinical signs and survival in dogs and cats with congestive heart failure.
Do dogs with heart failure lose weight?
Dogs with CHF tend to lose weight. Specifically, they can undergo a process called cardiac cachexia during which both muscle and fat stores are depleted. If a dog doesn’t relish eating the food, he or she is unlikely to eat enough to stave of cardiac cachexia.
Can my dog survive congestive heart failure?
In most cases, however, the problem cannot be cured, but treatment can help improve dogs’ quality and length of life. Dogs with severe congestive heart failure may require initial hospitalization and oxygen therapy.
What are signs of heart failure in dogs?
The following symptoms may indicate a heart problem in your dog.
- Tired, lack of energy.
- Fainting or collapsing.
- Frequent coughing.
- Breathing difficulties that include shortness of breath.
- Reduced ability to exercise.
- Reduced appetite and/or noticeable weight gain or loss.
- Swelling in the abdomen.
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