What happens if a healthy dog takes Vetmedin?

What happens if a healthy dog takes Vetmedin?

Normally dogs tolerate Vetmedin very well. It is rare for side effects to be observed but some dogs may experience vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, an increase in mitral valve regurgitation, reduced appetite or a slight increase in heart rate.

Can dogs live with congestive heart failure?

If caught early enough and treated properly, congestive heart failure can be treated and controlled, allowing your dog to live a normal life.

What kind of heart disease does a great dane have?

Dog heart disease, DCM, or dilated cardiomyopathy, is a swift, silent killer! While there are three types of canine cardiomyopathy, Dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, is most common in Great Danes and also most deadly. Sadly and tragically, dog heart disease can take our beloved Great Danes from us way too soon!

How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect a great dane?

The thin wall of the affected chamber stretches, hampering the hearts ability to properly pump blood. The poorly functioning heart works “overtime” in an attempt to keep up with required blood flow, fluid may also build in the lungs and other areas of the dogs abdomen.

When to euthanase a Great Dane with heart failure?

This is a severe welfare problem although the affected dog is often euthanased at an earlier stage in this process to avoid this suffering. Dysrhythmias may cause or contribute to congestive heart failure occurring and the welfare implication described above.

Can a dog with DCM die from heart failure?

Sadly, a dog with this disease may die within weeks to months from heart failure. My choice with Bruiser was to forego all the pills and simply spend a few quality days with him prior to putting him down. For others, the decision to prolong their dog’s life makes more sense.

Can a great dane have congestive heart failure?

When a Great Dane is diagnosed with dilated Cardiomyopathy, the implication of subsequent abnormalities, such as congestive heart failure, also becomes a concern. Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is prevalent among giant breed dogs, such as Great Danes. In fact, the breed may be second only to Doberman Pinschers in its vulnerability…

The thin wall of the affected chamber stretches, hampering the hearts ability to properly pump blood. The poorly functioning heart works “overtime” in an attempt to keep up with required blood flow, fluid may also build in the lungs and other areas of the dogs abdomen.

Sadly, a dog with this disease may die within weeks to months from heart failure. My choice with Bruiser was to forego all the pills and simply spend a few quality days with him prior to putting him down. For others, the decision to prolong their dog’s life makes more sense.

What to do for a Great Dane with pulmonary edema?

Other diuretic medications like Lasix┬«, or the generic brand Furosemide┬«, are used to reduce fluid in the lungs, (pulmonary edema). However, these medications only increase the quality of life for the affected dog over its final days. Many write that the “buckets of pills” required to treat their Danes have a “wasting away” effect.