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How does vet diagnose heart failure in a dog? He ajways

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How does vet diagnose heart failure in a dog? He ajways saids her heart and lungs sound good, but can he tell just by listening with a stechoscope . My dog has not seem interested in walking far lately and only goes upstairs with me when I encourage her to go. She seems to pant heavier when walking but not elsewhere. How do you know if an arthritic problem or heart
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
She is a 11 1/2 yr old black lab/ golden retriever mix
Expert:  Jess K replied 4 months ago.

I am sorry to hear about your dog! It isn't truly possible to diagnose heart failure without an x-ray, but we would expect to hear a heart murmur if we were having heart failure. Has your vet offered you any additional testing besides an exam? There are other things that can affect the lungs (chronic bronchitis, tumors) that could be seen on an x-ray but wouldn't hear a heart murmur. Have you started any pain medication for possible arthritis? A trial of an NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory) might be worthwhile, or x-rays of the legs to check for arthritis. In a dog this age, bloodwork is also recommended every 6 to 12 months to ensure all organ systems are functioning normally. I would let your vet know you are interested in pursuing additional testing to try to figure out the cause of your dog's problem!

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
She is currently on Caprofen and tramadol but not dauly
Expert:  Jess K replied 4 months ago.

I would consider taking it daily if this is a regular issue, along with a joint supplement like Dasuquin. If that doesn't help, you can ask him about adding Gabapentin as well, and I would still consider pursuing other testing if you are able to do so.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Daily. I was on vacation my neighbor gave her the meds everyday bc she was acting same way b4 I left. Vet didn't want her to take them daily so I didn't give them to her when I got home at first. But have the last few days
Expert:  Jess K replied 4 months ago.

Why didn't he want her to take them daily? Does she have a liver problem?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
She doesn't have liver problems but afraid taking them everyday will cause them
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
far her bloodwork has been good . Prob due again
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
She also takes glucosamine dsily
Expert:  Jess K replied 4 months ago.

Most dogs handle them well. In a few rare cases we can see a liver problem but it usually happens within the first few weeks of starting them. We normally check the values, start an NSAID, recheck in a month, if all is good then recheck every 6 months. IF he is worried about the liver, there is a newer NSAID called Galliprant that is not supposed to have the possible side effects there. You can ask him about that if you are interested https://www.elanco.us/galliprant/vet/.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
She also take glucosamine daily. How many days of taking the Caprofen should I see an improvement, thinks it's been abt 3
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I think at her age and to make her more comfortable she needs them daily
Expert:  Jess K replied 4 months ago.

Most dogs handle them well. In a few rare cases we can see a liver problem but it usually happens within the first few weeks of starting them. We normally check the values, start an NSAID, recheck in a month, if all is good then recheck every 6 months. IF he is worried about the liver, there is a newer NSAID called Galliprant that is not supposed to have the possible side effects there. You can ask him about that if you are interested https://www.elanco.us/galliprant/vet/.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
How many days of taking Caprofen should I see improvements?
Expert:  Jess K replied 4 months ago.

Some should be seen within a few days, but I usually give a few weeks time before I decide it isn't working.

I apologize but I have to step away for a bit. I will return if youhave additional questions and will answer them at that time.

Expert:  Jess K replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Jess K replied 4 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Been giving her one 75 mg carprofen daily plus a a tramadol every morning and evening. She seems to feel better still not wanting to walk far or long but her eyes look better. Guess our walking days are over. Is there a shot like people get that would May her feel better?