My dog was diagnosed with congestive heart failure roughly 8 months ago. Though her breathing has been the thing we have noticed and discussed primarily with the vets, that seems to be under control with her current medication. Her heart rate, however, has become concerning. Her heart rate is rapid even when resting, and very pronounced when you feel her chest. It also seems quite irregular, I tried to measure her beats per minute but I couldn't tell, and my wife and I had wildly different estimates.
Is this normal with congestive heart failure? My main concern is that she not suffer. Could she be suffering with a rapid, seemingly irregular heart beat?
- She is slowing down significantly on walks (likely compounded by summer heat). She's overall less active.
- She is becoming a more finicky eater, though still eating as we are putting things like chicken / fish in her dinner now.
- She hasn't lost all her spunk, there are moments where she shows some playfulness, and still some moments where she'll be a guard dog, but it is definitely reduced.
- She saw a vet & cardiologist 2 months ago, they told us to come back in 6 months. While I understand I'll get the best information by bringing her back, it's both expensive and traumatic for her! So I really do appreciate any advice that can be offered.