In Congestive heart failure the dog's heart cannot pump the blood effectively, and fluid backs up into different organs. The most common type of congestive heart failure in dogs involves the left side of the heart, causing blood to back up into the lungs. The lungs become congested with fluid, leading to panting, coughing, or difficulty breathing or the heart enlarges from over compensation and presses on the trachea.
Schizer is on all the same medicine, has had the disease years longer, is older and yet doing 100% better that the dog that walked into the clinic today. In fact, when studying about the disease prognosis is guarded to poor with many dogs passing within the year but my dog was diagnosed over two summers ago. What's the difference? I think it’s the pack dynamic. Schizer is around other dogs to keep her company, focused and young 24 hours a day. I looked all over the internet, including veterinary journals and studies, but I couldn't find any science to support my claim though I'm pretty much convinced that it is the reason that my dog is still alive.
Schizer still jumps on Maxx's back; she coughs a bit but literally shakes it off. She makes sure everyone who comes over knows who's boss by stepping in front of the other dogs while they are getting affection. She still attempts to jump off the bed and even chases tennis balls though I limit her play time. She barks and barks at the children next door and still sticks her head out the car window. All of this energy for a dog I was told wouldn't last the Florida summer.
The other dogs make her young at heart even if that heart is three times the size it should be.
This is an example of what Schizer's heart looks like and the drawing is what it should look like.
My happy, wet nosed, Schizer with her pack.