Updated: Oct 8, 2021
Congestive Heart Failure or CHF is a condition that most commonly occurs in older pets where the heart can’t deliver enough blood to the body. 🚨 This failure to deliver blood can cause fluid 💦 to build up and enter the lungs or the abdominal cavity in severe cases.
There are many causes of congestive heart failure such as; continuous reoccurring high blood pressure, congenital heart defects, heart worm disease, tumours, endocarditis (an infection in the heart valves), fluid in the sac surrounding the heart or heart rhythm abnormalities. ❤️
You may notice your pet has CHF if they are:
- Coughing frequently 🗣 - Having trouble breathing - Appear fatigued or lethargic - Have a loss of appetite 🤕 - Presence of a heart murmur - Pot bellied stomach appearance
Depending on the underlying cause of CHF, treatment and medications can help reverse and relieve symptoms. 💊💉
If you have an elderly pet that is displaying some of these symptoms; give us a call on 07 3288 1822. 📞