|Barked: Tue Dec 8, '09 7:29am PST |
|My Cavalier King Charles spaniel died of congestive heart failure due to her genetic mitral valve regurgitation. She was 8 years old.
She was on Lasix (tabs, then later injections), Pimobendan (which is NOT used in humans due to risk of sudden death, but has good results in dogs), Enalapril (a human blood pressure drug), and a generic drug related to Lipitor (a cholesterol lowering drug). She was treated at the Tufts Hospital in Grafton, MA, and they took state-of-the-art care of her, including echocardiograms, ultrasounds, and xrays. She also participated in several studies.
Pepper lived about 18 months after her first diagnosis. But she was a relatively young, otherwise healthy dog. So it's hard to compare the prognosis. Be aware that Lasix is a diuretic, so will therefore cause your dog to urinate more often, and may make her have more problems with incontinence. Pepper stopped being able to hold it through the night, so we would have to let her out 1-2 times during the night.
Obviously, the most important thing is for your dog to be comfortable. Lasix can help with that, but may not change the prognosis.
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