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|04-01-2005, 07:31 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2005
congestive heart failure
I know a lady that has two yorkies, mother and daughter. The 6 year old yorkie got lethargic and developed a cough. She took her to the vet and they said possibly worms. The dog kept the cough and also seemed to be bloated. She took her to the vet again. They examined her , thought she was pregnant. The owner said not possible. Well they ran some tests and said she had congestive heart failure. They inserted a syringe and took fluid out of her. They said this was a genetic or heritary disorder. They are going to try to manage it with medicine. Is this true that it is common in yorkies? Do they usually take fluid out with a syringe. I had a peekapoo that was 12 who developed congestive heart failure, but it was controlled for a while with meds. Anyone with any suggestions or ideas on this. The mother dog is fine no signs of the same problem. Thanks donnadac
|04-02-2005, 07:47 AM||#2|
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Portland Oregon
clearing the fluid is normal treatment
Here is a good article re: heart disease
Heart Disease in Dogs
When heart disease occurs in the dog, most commonly the valves of the heart become diseased . Remember, the heart has 4 chambers, and is divided into right and left sides. Each side has its own set of valves. In certain breeds of dogs (Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Yorkshire Terriers) there is a tendency towards developing problems with the heart valves (possibly inherited), although any breed can be affected.
The problem is with the valve itself. It becomes blunted, or rounded in shape, and therefore fails to close properly. When this occurs, blood tends to back-flow. Back-flow of blood results in an overload of blood in the chamber receiving the back-flow.
Over time, this overload of blood can stretch out the receiving chamber causing it to enlarge. Chamber enlargement may in time put pressure on local structures like the main airway in the lungs (the trachea or windpipe), resulting in a dry, hacking cough. Stretch of the chamber may also produce disturbances in the heart's rhythm resulting in an arrhythmia.
Commonly, the overflow of blood can back up into the lungs, resulting in a "wet", productive sounding cough. When this occurs, the patient is considered to be in "heart failure". Patients can become weak, stop or slow down on eating, sleep a good portion of the day, and cough. Sometimes they will "faint" or collapse, showing signs of stiffness in the legs and arching back of the head.
During these collapsing episodes, the patient may also loose control of the urine, stool, or both. Clients often refer to these episodes as "seizures", which technically they are not.
Disease of the heart muscle is much less common than that of valve disease in the dog. Heart muscle disease can be inherited as well, and is seen commonly in Cocker Spaniels, Boxers, Great Danes, and Doberman pincers. Other breeds can also be affected.
In this disease, the heart muscle "shrinks" or atrophies, reducing the effective "pump" of each heart beat. Weak heart muscles fail to pump blood adequately to the tissues of the body, and therefore can cause similar symptoms of weakness, decreased appetite, and cough, seen in heart valve disease.
Diagnosis of heart disease is made by physical examination, X-rays, electrocardiogram (ECG), and ultrasound of the heart. Most patients will have a heart murmur which can be heard by your veterinarian. Specific tests can determine what form of heart disease exists, and then guide the veterinarian toward the appropriate treatment.
Reducing the backflow of blood, reducing the size of the heart if enlarged, strengthening the heart beat itself, correcting abnormal heart rhythms, and clearing fluid back-up in the lungs are the goals of treatment. Medications have been designed to accomplish these tasks either by themselves, or working along with other medications.
Your veterinarian will chose the drugs appropriate for your dog's situation. In some instances of heart muscle disease, nutrient supplements may be added. L-carnitine, and Taurine are two essential amino acids found deficient in some cases of heart muscle disease in the dog. Addition of these essential amino acids in some cases may be very beneficial.
hope this helps
|05-07-2017, 11:08 AM||#3|
Join Date: May 2017
Location: beaverton, or, usa
I have a 10 year old little lady. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged heart and a heart murmur. Any suggestions on a good raw/home cooked diet? And Holistic treatment? I am on a very fixed budget and have a hard time with the expense of the vet. My first visit was over $500. She is actually my daughters dog, but she is in a treatment center for awhile and I want to take the best care of her dog that I can. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
|05-07-2017, 07:08 PM||#4|
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|05-08-2017, 02:26 AM||#5|
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Join Date: Jan 2005
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What is the grade of the murmur...? For higher grades, a med is often prescribed - and the med is usually super cheap too.
As far as raw diets - they're awesome! I've fed mine raw for 8 years. Brands: Primal, Natures Variety, Better in the Raw, Sojos etc...
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