Heart Disease Versus Heart Failure in the Dog and Cat

30 Mar


Dogs and cats can have heart disease without experiencing heart failure.

Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats – Heart Disease Versus Heart Failure in the Dog and Cat.

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2 Responses to “Heart Disease Versus Heart Failure in the Dog and Cat”

  1. Paula Tohline Calhoun March 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Our dear orange tabby “Bobby” (he had a bobbed tail, so what else would we call him? When he was annoying or naughty, we called him “Robert!” 😀 )

    He was only 4 years old when we had to put him down. He had congestive heart failure, discovered when he was about 3, and we were able to medicate him, so that he did quite well for his last year – just didn’t have a lot of “oomph.” One day I heard him cry, and I found him in the hallway crying but unable to move. He had thrown a blood clot to his spinal column, which paralyzed his back legs, and also blocked the circulation, causing extreme pain. It hurt so much to let him go, but after a serious consult with the wonderful Vet – the first thing he did when we took Bobby in was to make him as comfortable as possible – he felt that it would be best for him to be euthanized. Because of his advancing CHF, even if the blood clot could have been resolved, and function restored (not likely), his quality of life would have been really marginal at best.

    Just in the last few years, however, I have heard that better and better treatments for CHF are available. Good news.

    • animalartist March 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      Paula, I’m so sorry to hear about Bobby, and I know it’s such a shock when you find a condition like that in such a young cat. I was lucky my Namir lived as long and as well, but I was in constant fear of a blood clot or an actual heart attack.

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