My wonderful 8 year old dog became lethargic and was wheezing. To our shock, he was in congestive heart failure. He was diagnosed with cardio myopathy.
The immediate crisis has passed for now but the key is to get his fractional contractions higher (I was told 35% is normal, he is hovering around 15%).
The problem is, when we put him on digoxin, his numbers went up but he refused to eat— for a week! We took him off digoxin and he began eating his numbers dropped from 18-14%. We’ve started him on digoxin again but I’m afraid he’ll stop eating. Sometimes the only thing that he’ll eat is a small can of cat food. Is it harmful to give a dog (and he”s a big dog) cat food… or is better to get something in his stomach rather than nothing at all?
I’m so worried that in trying to help him, I may be harming him.
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