Treatment will depend on the exact underlying cause of the cardiac disease. Most patients suffering from left-sided congestive heart failure can be treated on an outpatient basis. However, if your dog is having trouble breathing it should be placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) in an oxygen cage. Your veterinarian will also recommend hospitalization of your dog if it is presenting with very low blood pressure.
Surgical intervention may benefit selected patients with congenital defects, such as malformations of the heart that were present at birth, and some forms of congenital and acquired heart valve disease.
Your veterinarian will also prescribe medications for the heart, if suitable, and will advise you in a diet and exercise plan that will keep your dog's blood pressure down and relieve pressure on the heart muscle, while hopefully strengthening its ability to pump blood.
Left sided congestive heart failure is an incurable disease. Your dog will need to have its activity restricted to some extent to relieve pressure on the heart. Your veterinarian will advise you in planning a reasonable exercise routine for your dog. Your dog should also be fed a moderately sodium-restricted diet that is high in nutrients. This diet may be changed to a severely sodium-restricted diet if the disease worsens, but your veterinarian will determine if this is appropriate.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
a) A cavity in certain animals b) Term refers to a rear chamber in the heart or a cavity in the brain
The fold of membrane found between the left atrium and left ventricle
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
The superior chamber in an animal's heart.
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.
A record of the activity of the myocardium