It is important to remember that treatment for CHF does not cure the disease, but it can help your dog resume a more normal life.
Your veterinarian may recommend one or more of the following medical treatments:
Diuretics are medications to remove excess fluid buildup from the lungs or abdomen, eg, furosemide.
ACE-inhibitors, or inhibitors of angiotensin-converting enzyme, are a group of medications that open up constricted blood vessels and are used primarily in the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure. Commonly prescribed ACE-inhibitors are enalapril, benazepril, and ramipril.
Inodilators are medications that both increase myocardial contractility and open up constricted blood vessels, reducing the workload on your dog's weakened heart. Currently, there is only one dual-acting inodilator available, Vetmedin®(pimobendan) Chewable Tablets.
There are a number of other medications that your veterinarian may recommend for the treatment of your dog's heart failure. These will depend on the specific needs of your dog.
Also, your veterinarian will closely monitor your dog's medication(s) to determine if adjustments need to be made.
Always consult your veterinarian if you notice any change in the behavior or activity of your dog, particularly during the first few days of treatment.
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