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Old 07-03-2013, 09:25 PM
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How long should a dog be expected to live after a Congestive Heart Failure diagnosis?

Hey all back again with bad news. Honey has been limping and coughing quite a bit over the last few weeks so I convinced my grandfather to take her into the vet.

Her acl in the right leg is torn, her kneecap is shifting quite a bit and due the coughing they did xrays and found the left side of the heart was enlarged.

They gave us some diuretics to thin out the blood so it doesn't clot but I was wondering how long she might have with the meds?

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Each dog responds differently and depends on the severity of the heart failure. When My 14 year old Chihuahua went into congestive heart failure she did not respond to the medication so had to have her put down a week later. Had a friend who had a chihuahua live months on heart medication. How is she doing on the meds? Has the couching lessened? Can she relax and sleep comfortably?
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We just took her in today so her first two doses were administered today. The vet wants to see us again in 4 months and wants her to lose 1 lb by then. She's overweight which most likely is why her acl was damaged. I was worried it was heartworms, I've been so busy with school and work I forgot to give her the pills since october but the vet said there's no signs of any heart worms. She's still her usual perky self despite the diagnosis.
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As long as she still her happy self she will probably do fine on the meds and the cough will decrease. How old is she?
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My 14 year old girl was diagnosed when she was 12 and lived a happy 2 years when we had to put her down due to seizures that were caused by cancer.
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My sister in laws dog has had CHF for 3 years.
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As long as she still her happy self she will probably do fine on the meds and the cough will decrease. How old is she?
I'm not positive due to her being my great grandmother's dog before she passed in 2010. If I'm correct when I first met Honey back in 05 at a family reunion she was 1 or 2 years old. So about 10 years old.
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