Link To “Congestive Heart Failure in Canines” From Today’s Veterinary Practice

In this post I link to Congestive Heart Failure In Canines, from Today’s Veterinary Practice, accessed 1-21-2021.

Recently, I was talking to two of my best friends and both had dogs with congestive heart failure.

The first person  I talked to had just lost her dog to congestive heart failure (CHF) but had been able to keep the pet alive for about a year and a half with a treatment program from her veterinarian.

The second friend’s dog is still living and has recently begun a treatment program for congestive heart failure.

I was interested in how treatment of CHF in dogs is similar to treatment of this problem in adults.

Here is a summary from Congestive Heart Failure In Canines:

Treatment of CHF in dogs can be divided into two phases: acute and chronic.

  • The acute phase is aimed at treating the congestion and supporting cardiac output. This is potentially more critical for left-sided heart failure, as pulmonary edema will result in dyspnea, and urgent treatment is needed to avert death.
  • The chronic phase of treatment involves the long-term management of stable, compensated CHF. The goals are to prevent recurrence of decompensation, control clinical signs, and slow progression of the disease.

Table 1 provides an overview of treatment options for CHF.


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