How About Congenital Heart Failure in Dogs?

Q:

What are the symptoms of dogs with congenital heart failure?

A:

Heart disease will result in congenital heart failure, which means your dog has trouble pumping blood to the rest of its body. Therefore, heart failure will affect one side of the body or sometimes even both sides. It will progress slowly and may take years to spot.

Q:

What causes congenital heart failure in dogs?

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Some dogs are born with heart defects. Risk factors, such as old age, injury, and infection can exacerbate it. Diet and exercise play roles too. Like congenital heart defects in human, there is no accurate cause.

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What are the symptoms of heart failure in dogs?

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The early symptoms include:

  • Coughing more than usual (a few hours before bedtime, during or after exercise)
  • Having a hard time breathing or exercising
  • Tiring easily
  • Pacing before bedtime
  • If the disease gets worse, there will be more symptoms, including:
  • A swollen belly from fluid buildup
  • Fainting because of blocked blood flow to the brain
  • Change in tongue or gum color to bluish gray because of poor oxygen flow
  • Weight loss

Q:

how to treat my dog’s heart failure?

A:

Some heart defects can be very dangerous. There are some measures that may be taken to treat it. First of all, medications can be used to help the heart work and correct irregular heartbeats. It can also slow fluid build-up in the lungs. Surgery is helpful to correct a torn valve or to insert a pacemaker to correct the heartbeat. Eating a healthy diet is important. A commercial or prescription low-salt diet can decrease fluid build-up in your dog’s body. Limited exercise and activity helps your dog maintain a healthy weight without putting too much pressure or strain on the heart.

 

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