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Heart Failure, Congestive (Right-sided) in Dogs

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Treatment

 

Most dogs are treated on an outpatient basis unless the condition is severe. Some of the treatment options that are used to treat this condition include a restriction of activity, and a reduction of sodium in the diet. In some cases, surgery will be required. If there is a build up of fluid in the abdomen or the chest, a technique called "tapping" can be used to remove some of the excess fluid.

 

Living and Management

 

Following treatment, it is important to administer the full course of prescribed medication and observe any abnormalities in your dog's behavior. It will also be necessary to monitor your dog's kidney health. This disease is not curable, so ongoing management will be required.

 

Prevention

 

Preventing right-sided congestive heart failure is dependent on the underlying cause of the disease. For example, if heartworms are the cause of the heart diseases, you will need to ensure that your dog is taking heartworm medication regularly, and that you revisit your veterinarian for routine wellness checkups.

 

 

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