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Congestive Heart Failure

Medical name: Acute congestive heart failure

Emergency Warnings



  • Stressful breathing
  • Dry cough
  • Easily worn out
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness


Man’s best friends usually aren’t around long enough to all that cholesterol and arterial plaque that affects middle and older-age human hearts. But as dogs age, heart problems can occur. If your dog displays coughing, especially a dry, unproductive cough, and difficulty breathing, you should not delay in seeking medical attention. Weakness -- such as a lack of energy or tiring easily -- can also be a sign of heart problems. Even if you’ve never practiced CPR on an animal, try on the way to the veterinarian. Anything can help. And resolve to take a class in pet first aid before the next emergency.

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If you think your pet may be experiencing a medical emergency, call your veterinarian or an emergency animal care facility immediately.

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