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Symptoms of congestive heart failure 11year old golden

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Symptoms of congestive heart failure for my 11year old golden retriever. What can I do to help her?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 3 months ago.

Hi there, I'm sorry to hear about your dog's distress. Does she have a history of congestive heart failure or an enlarged heart? If so, is she on any medication for these conditions?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Not that I am aware of. She does not cough at all, but pants constantly, and because of this, she is drinking lots of water.
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 3 months ago.

If she is not coughing, may I ask what makes you concerned about congestive heart failure specifically?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I didn't know coughing was a symptom. I just thought excessive panting was a symptom. She does not seem to be stressed....just constant panting.
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 3 months ago.

Constant panting is not typically a sign of congestive heart failure. Coughing is, as is respiratory distress, discoloration of the gums, lethargy, and inappetence. Panting can be caused by endocrine disorders such as cushion's disease, hypothyroidism or things like pain and discomfort, anxiety, overheating, etc. Drinking lots of water can also signal an several things such as kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease, cushings disease or other metabolic abnormalities. Without further information, I think that a veterinary exam and blood work is in order, unless there have been changes to the environment such as a warmer environment, added stress, etc to explain the excess panting. Based on what you have told me, however, I would not be concerned about congestive heart failure.