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Heart Disease
AllegatorBaby1937 posted:
Our almost 8 year old Bull Terrier has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We are devastated. Since April we've spent $3,000 for vet, medicine, etc. We don't mind spending the money - at first vet told us she had 4 months to live - now he's extended this to perhaps 2 years.
We are retired - no children nearby. This dog is like our child. We simply don't know what to do. Can anyone help us?
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
You sound like a very dedicated owner. Congestive heart failure is such a frustrating condition. Some pets can be stabilized and stay so for an extended period of time. Some sadly never seem to respond to therapy and decompensate rapidly. There is a marvelous article at Veterinary Please go to

It sounds as though you have a good working relationship with your veterinarian. If you want a second opinion, you may ask to be referred to a board certified veterinary cardiologist. If there isn't one in your area, your veterinarian may still be able to consult with on over email or the phone.

My thoughts are with you...
Dr. Bernadine Cruz


Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicin...More

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