New Medicine for Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

I want to tell everyone about this, just in case there might be someone who doesn't know yet. About a year ago,
a medicine which was already being used for a few years in Eugope, was finally made available in the U.S. It is
called Vetmedin and is for the treatment of Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs. My Rudy has had an enlarged heart
and CHF since he turned 10 years old. Last spring, I found out about this medicine, which makes the heart beat
more efficiently and regularly. It is even supposed to tone the heart muscle, with use over time, and reduce the
size of the heart. I am happy to report that Rudy has been on this medication for around 10 months now. I noticed
a great improvement right away, for things like coughing, and being able to walk farther and even run a litte. After
10 months, though, now I am noticing some other great improvements. There is this syndrome of symptoms which
constitute a "spell of sickness" for dogs with CHF. It starts with coughing, progresses to trouble breathing, and
even has diarrhea and other GI symptoms. Now I am noticing that these spells of sickness are retreating and
happening further and further apart. It has now been over 3 months since the last time Rudy has had an attack.
He is even starting to want to play again. I am so happy because, since he was diagnosed, I have been working
very hard to give him his full life, and with enjoyment at that! Now, I have hope. He is now going on 15 years old
and we have come a long way. So, anyone who has a dog with this problem, talk to your Vet about Vetmedin.
My vet took a seminar on the drug; but, there still may be some vets who do not know about it. It is truly a miracle!

Dee

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Comment by Maltese Mom on April 24, 2009 at 6:02am
My Rio had Mitral Valve Disease when he turned 9 yrs old. However, he had a heart murmur, ruptured chord, and enlarged heart plus the disease. He had a 1% survival rate. He was given Coreg, Lasix and Anapril. Within a year his heart was back to normal size and he never required Lasix since he never had any fluid in his lungs and never got to the point of coughing. I had taken him to a cardiologist who knew about the medication you mentioned and it was not available. I am very happy for you. Rio unfortunately developed doggie alzehmiers and passed away at age 12. Good Luck !

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