Signs and symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure in dogs
The signs and symptoms associated with CHF may vary, depending on the underlying heart disease and whether the right or left side of the heart is affected. In some cases, symptoms will be the same regardless of side.
These signs should be taken seriously and addressed with your veterinarian at first notice:
Both right-sided and left-sided CHF ultimately lead to oxygen depletion in the tissues, and eventual heart failure.
We all want our dogs to live for as long as possible, so it can be scary to think of them developing an illness like heart disease, which affects their daily functioning and life expectancy. Heart disease is a condition that dogs are either born with (congenital) or develop (acquired) through a combination of factors like age, diet, illness, or infection.
In some dogs, heart disease can lead to a condition known as congestive heart failure. This occurs when the valves, which regulate blood flow to and from the heart, stop working properly. Since congestive heart failure can be mistaken for other illnesses that accompany the aging process, it’s important for early detection and treatment to recognize when a dog is showing signs of this condition.
CHF is the late stage of heart disease when your petâs heart is unable to pump blood into the body adequately, Dr. Aliya McCullough, Fetch by The Dodoâs on-staff veterinarian, explains. There are two main types of CHF, and each comes with its own set of symptoms and treatments.
âOf the common types of heart disease, small-breed dogs are more likely to develop mitral and/or tricuspid valve disease,â Dr. McCullough shares. âLarge and giant-breed dogs and cocker spaniels are predisposed to dilated cardiomyopathy.â