Congestive Heart Failure

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Barked: Thu Oct 18, '12 6:15pm PST 
I took Bella (saint) in for her bordetalla and come out with the news that she has Congestive Heart Failure. During the summer she had a few odd moments but the vet told me they were seizures but after our recent visit and some X-rays turns out they had been wrong. She is increasingly becoming more uncomfortable but seems to be doing okay. She is going to the cardiologist tomorrow. Does anyone have experience with this? How much longer might she have? My vet is being very vague.
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Barked: Thu Oct 18, '12 6:31pm PST 
I don't have any experience with that. But your vet was probably vague because they don't know how good or bad it is. The cardiologist will be able to give you more information. I hope they will be able to help. Good Luck! Please give us an update after the visit to the specialist.
Joe - Now at the- Rainbow- Bridg

Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 6:46am PST 
With the right treatmentyour dog can have a good quality of life for some time, my little boy Joe had a grade 4 heart mumour, enlarged heart, a leaking valve and heart failure. My vets have a cardiac consultant who gave Joe another 18 months of good quality life. 10 minutes before he colapsed he war racing up and down the stairs having a lovely time. I never stopped him for doing anything that a normal dog does, he would have been very unhappy and depressed even if it would have extened his life. What good is life if you can't enjoy it.

I am sure your dog will be good once on the right medication.hug

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Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 7:20am PST 
I don't have personal experience with it, but I have dogster friends who have had it. They have medications that can make you feel better and certainly slow the progression of it. I have a couple of beagle friends who were diagnosed with it and with medications had two or three years of quality time hughughug

Barked: Wed Oct 24, '12 4:52pm PST 
I have had more then my share of heart problems with dogs. Get the dogs on medicine and the right food, and just love them as much as you can. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do for the dog beyond this. I wish you the best, I have been in your shoes with 4 dogs over the years. It is very hard, but a dog can live many years with heart problems also.