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    DefaultCongestive heart failure in a 2.5 year old chocolate male.

    Hello we were just informed by our vet that our little boy has dilated cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure. Has anyone had any luck with their dogs coming out of this through the use or holistic medicine as the outlook with regular medication looks very grim. Thanks in advance ofr any info you can give.

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    I have no medical advice - but you have my sympathies and good thoughts for your boy. That is tragic.
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    Sorry to hear this. My beloved Bess had this during the last 6 months of her life when she was 13+ years old. Have no idea of what it means for a younger Lab.

    Tufts (MA), Cornell (upstate NY), and UPenn (near Phila) are 3 of the world class veterinary treatment centers. You might consider getting a referral to one of them.

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    I have never heard of recovery from congestive heart failure ... using any method ..

    you can improve both quality and quantity of life through management and medication though ...

    I have been astounded at how long some of my congestive heart failure critters have lived after diagnosis and how much joy they'[ve found in life

    hang in there
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    I highly suggest you get a confirmed diagnosis from a heart doctor. Different treatments are used. CHF is normally seen in smaller breeds.
    From what I understand CHF can be kept under controlled, cardiomyopathy normally cannot.
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    So far he has seen a specialist in Orlando who did an ECG, ultrasound and xray's and sent some of the fluid the he has around his belly out to the lab and should be back monday or tuesday. She was kind of concerned because his heart wasn't enlarged as much as she expected it to be,but his heart rythem is all over the place.

    They have put him on Atenolol beta blocker and Lasik to get rid of the fluid that he has.

    We will have to wait and see what happens with the lab work.

    Other than him being bloated we would have never known there was anything wrong with him. He doesn't act like a very sick dog.

    Thanks for your replies.

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    hopefully the drugs will help - he was actually bloated through his body because of fluid retention?
    how very scary

    had he had a heart murmur when a puppy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brody View Post
    hopefully the drugs will help - he was actually bloated through his body because of fluid retention?
    how very scary

    had he had a heart murmur when a puppy?
    He is a very skinny dog and always has been(usually around 60 pounds) and you can always see his ribs no matter how much he eats. But he was so bloated that my wife couldn't even see his ribs and was squisshy when she took him to the ER, But since he has been on the Lasik he has been ok.

    He has never had any indication from our vet to have ever had a problem and was always checked out fine at his normal checkups.

    We'll see what the lab work comes back and says and see if we need to take him to another specialist in Gainsville, Florida.

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    I wonder what on earth could have brought that on so suddenly

    please keep us posted - you'll be in my thoughts and prayers
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    Well we finally found out what is wrong with Buddy!! He has a wall of tissue in his heart that is totally blocking his bloodflow from the rear portion of his body from flowing the correct path to the atrium and through his heart. So basically they said most of his bloodflow from the rear part of his body is flowing through his cranial artery and the rest is backing up in hs internal organs and causing the fluid buildup. It took them doing an angiography to find ou that the blood wasnt pumping through the caudal vien and entering the heart but rather going through his cranial vein instead. So it looks like the lil man is going under the knife sometime next week for heart surgury. They are not sure yet if they are just going through the vein to tear the tissue(angio) or if they will have to do the actual open heart repair or a mixture of both.

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