Congestive Heart Failure In Dogs
Dogs can suffer from heart failure, too. It is a condition that is characterized by a defect in the structure and/or function of the heart. The defect interferes in the normal functioning of the heart, thus the inability to pump normal amounts of blood to the body tissues and organs. Retention of fluid in the lungs and body cavities of the animal is an important sequel of congestive heart failure in dogs.
In dogs, the problems can be a congenital defect; or it can be caused by heartworm infestation, cardiomyopathy (disease affecting the heart muscle), degeneration of the heart valves, a defect in the pericardium (lining of the heart), and irregular rhythm of the heart (arrhythmia).
An important predisposing factor of cardiomyopathy in giant dog breeds is heart failure. On the other hand, degeneration of the heart valves is an important cause of cardiomyopathy in small dog breeds.
A dog suffering from heart failure needs to be taken to your Las Vegas, NV animal hospital regularly for proper monitoring and assessment. Click here.