Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in Dog and Cat

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Filed Under: Internal Medicine

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the result of an underlying disease that causes the heart to fail.  Heart failure occurs when heart is no longer able to to effectively pump blood through the body and fluid then accumulates behind the failing pump-typically in/around the lungs or in the belly.  The most common examples of diseases with this outcome are dengerative valve disease (progressive changes in the heart valves that cause heart enlargement) in small breed dogs and hypertrophic and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (genetic based thickening of the heart muscle) in cats of all types.

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