Dog Enlarged Heart
My dog has an enlarged heart and survived Parvo. How should I care for her?
My dog Rosie, I saved her from some pretty cruel people. She's a wonderful dog my best friend. After doing some research with the previous owners on a quest for papers, I found out that she has battled parvo and had an enlarged heart...
My question is.. what does this mean for Rose? What are her limits? What should i watch for and protect her from? And what are the do's and dont's when dealing with a dog with her medical history?
This is my first pit I've had her for almost 2 years now. She's about 3 years old and a wonderful wonderful dog and I'm just not sure what to do with my baby girl here. I want to keep her safe and living strong and long.Gale's Reply:
Having survived Parvo and found her way to you, Rosie sure is one lucky dog.
Regular vet check ups are your best defense against future problems. Many dogs that survive Parvo go on to live full lives with no restrictions.
The main thing with Parvo is that it attacks the immune system and inflames the digestive tract. You'll want to be sure she's on a high quality diet. Depending on her sensitivity and degree of recovery, your vet might even recommend a bland diet and supplements for awhile.
An enlarged heart is a different kind of concern. You'll need to find a balance that keeps her active at a level that is optimal for her
without putting too much strain on her heart.
Here again, your vet is your best ally in keeping her healthy. A number of the heart medicines that are taken by humans can also help dogs.
For example, direutics that prevent the build up of excess fluid and vasodilators that relax the blood vessels making it easier for the blood to circulate properly are regularly given to dogs with heart problems. Supplements like CoQ10 and Taurine are also sometimes part of the treatment plan. But, you'll need to see your vet for proper dosing for Rosie.
I'm so pleased that Rosie, with all she's been through, has finally found someone to love and take care of her. Big hugs to you both.
Feel free to post back here and lets us know how it's going.