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My 9 yr old shitsu was diagnosed with congestive heart

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My 9 yr old shitsu was diagnosed with congestive heart failure about 8 weeks ago. The last 24 hours he is asking to go out then hides under the bushes. What does this mean?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name?

Ziggy

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Ziggy?

On feurosimide, vetmedin and enalapril. Hasn't eaten last day but has never had very much interest in food.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello, this is Dr. Schmidt. Thank you for using JustAnswer. Hiding can mean a lot of things, and may or may not have anything to do with his heart. Let me ask you a few questions. Can you measure his respiratory rate? You do this by counting the number of times he breathes in and out in 60 seconds. If he is panting, this doesn't work because it will give you a falsely high number. If he is breathing faster than 40 breaths per minute, then his heart might be having an issue and the hiding could be because he doesn't feel well from his heart. If that's the case, I would recommend taking him in to the vet today for an xray. He might need his heart meds to be increased in dosage.

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