Originally Posted by Zero's Mom
Is CHF a genetic thing? (I've heard of Chi's having this problem before.) Would the Lasix and Analapril be something he has to take for the rest of his life?
It is not supposed to be as common in small dogs but I know of a few who have it, including our boy who did. I knew nothing of it before.
They are typically on the medication for life.
It was explained to us that it would be like an older person who lives a normal life while they are on heart medication. They need to have it and then the illness can be managed.
It is not a thing they get, "get better" and never get again. Think of a person diagnosed with diabetes as an example. They always have it but with careful monitoring, great attention, good diet and constant medication (EXACTLY what Frankie will receive), they manage fine.