Dog with Enlarged Heart
Our darling Peekapoo is 13 and has an enlarged heart that is causing her to have choking and coughing sessions. She is on dog heart medications now with the water pill, but doesn't appear to be improving.
She has spells where I don't know if she is choking for air or if her throat is being closed up by the heart. I feel so bad for her since I feel helpless when she coughs.
Is there something else that I can feed her or vitamins that will help her on the breathing problems? Does her heart continue to enlarge even more until it stops her ability to breath?
I am so worried that she will start choking one day and I will not be able to do anything and she doesnt stop.
Thank you for this chance to talk about our little Missy.
JeffEditor Suggestions Dog Enlarged Heart
I’m sorry to hear about Missy’s heart disease. I would need to know a little more about her condition before I could make any specific recommendations, but if you are not pleased with her response to her current treatment, talk to your vet or even consider seeing a veterinary cardiologist.
Many different types of drugs are used to treat heart disease in dogs, and sometimes it does take a while to find the right combination for a particular individual. One relatively new medication that has been shown to be helpful in several types of canine heart disease is called Pimobendan (Vetmedin®
). If Missy is not on this, you might want to talk to your vet to see whether he or she thinks it could be helpful.
Diets specifically formulated for dogs with heart disease (e.g., Hill’s H/D
) can also be helpful, but these are also available by prescription only.
Jennifer Coates, DVM