Current Concepts

Current Concepts in the Management of Congestive Heart Failure

Heart failure is often the outcome for a variety of diseases in cats and dogs, with the exceptions of congenital disease (e.g., PDA) or certain acquired diseases, like taurine deficiency and idiopathic pericarditis.There is no cure for heart failure, therefore, treatment is determined by improving  clinical signs and improving the quality of life. Treatment options may vary based on the underlying type of disease (e.g., hypertrophic cardiomyopathy versus chronic valvular disease) and it may be more essential to treat the body’s response to the failing heart rather than the appearance of the heart itself. Continue reading