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What is the reccomended treatment for enlarged heart, sparky

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what is the reccomended treatment for enlarged heart
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: sparky 50 lb mixed hound years old male neuterd rescuedog
JA: How old is Sparky?
Customer: 11yrs
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sparky?
Customer: he coughs a lot as though he will spit up but nothing comes out
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 month ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. It really depends on what is causing the enlarged heart. Is it a problem with a heart valve? If so, what valve is it? Is it heart worms? Is it dilated cardiomyopathy? In general, when we are treating for an enlarged heart in dogs, we will typically used something like enalapril to help the heart pump against less pressure. Some vet will use pimobendan instead, or in addition to the enalapril. It will also decrease the pressure the heart is pumping against, but it will also help to increase the strength of the contraction of the heart. You just cannot use it if there is a particular valve that is not opening enough and causing an obstruction to blood flow. If there are arrhythmias, then other medications may need to be added to that, but those are the two medications that are used most commonly. If there is congestive heart failure, than a diuretic needs to be added. That is probably more information than you were looking for, but if there are any other questions or concerns, please let me know. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 month ago.

Hello. I was just following up to see how Sparky is doing and to see if you have any other questions.