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What treatments can help my dog with congestive heart failure?

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Heart failure is when your dog’s heart has trouble pumping blood to the rest of its body. Your dog's treatment depends on its specific symptoms and causes. Treatments may include:

  • Medications to help the heart work and correct irregular heartbeats
  • Medications to slow fluid build-up in the lungs
  • Surgery to correct a torn valve or to insert a pacemaker to correct the heart beat
  • A commercial or prescription low-salt diet to help lower fluid build-up in your dog's body
  • Limited activity or exercise to manage weight without putting too much strain on your dog's heart

From: Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/13/2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Pets May Help Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease."

AKC Canine Health Foundation: "Aortic Stenosis."

VCA Animal Hospitals: "Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs."

Christina Fan, DVM, Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Leaky Valve Disease in Older Dogs."

Tufts University: "Treatments for Pets with Heart Disease: Congestive Heart Failure."

American Veterinary Medical Association: "The Facts on AVMA's Proposed Policy on Raw Pet Food Diets."

The Humane Society of the United States.

Doctors, Fosters & Smith: "Heart Failure in the Dog."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Pets May Help Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease."

AKC Canine Health Foundation: "Aortic Stenosis."

VCA Animal Hospitals: "Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs."

Christina Fan, DVM, Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Leaky Valve Disease in Older Dogs."

Tufts University: "Treatments for Pets with Heart Disease: Congestive Heart Failure."

American Veterinary Medical Association: "The Facts on AVMA's Proposed Policy on Raw Pet Food Diets."

The Humane Society of the United States.

Doctors, Fosters & Smith: "Heart Failure in the Dog."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

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