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Chihuahua with congestive heart failure

by Patricia Barker
(Huntsville Texas)

My chihuahua has congestive heart failure from mitral valve disease. He is 8 years old and weighs 5.5 pounds and is taking vetmedin and lasix.


He is still coughing some, and the vet wanted to add enalapril but I would like to try Hawthorn tincture instead and I don't know how much to give him.

My question is: how much Hawthorn should I give to him by drops or by ML and how many times per day? The dropper is marked .25 ml, .50ml, .75ml and 1 ml.

I want to make sure with the meds he is taking that I don't give him too much. I love my little guy and this really breaks my heart.

Thank you, Patricia

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Jan 08, 2011
just wanted to add a few words
by: Patricia Barker

I just wanted to add info i did not put in post, the hawthorn tincture reads 1 ml =1gram, I looked it up and it says that means 1,000 milligrams per 1 ml.Thanks

Jan 09, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Chihuahua with congestive heart failure
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Patricia,
The dose for a 5.5 lb Chihuahua would be .05-.1 ml. (or 50-100 mg) 2-3 times daily of the Hawthorn tincture. Since tinctures are commonly mixed in alcohol, it might be more palatable to add the small amount to 1/2 tsp of chicken broth or beef broth (no sodium).

He should also be on a low sodium dog food diet. Dr. Pitcairn's book Natural Health for Dogs and Cats is a good dog health book for home prepared diets for dogs with congestive heart disease that need to be on a low sodium diet.

Also, CoEnzyme Q-10 is a good supplement for heart disease. Give him 10 mg two times daily in his food.

A holistic veterinarian might also be helpful to guide you in other questions, and to evaluate how he is responding. To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click here:
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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jan 09, 2011
Confused
by: Patricia Barker

Thank you for your answer ,but I'm still a little confused because the readings are not on my dropper - could you tell me about how many drops that is?

I will eventually take him to a holistic vet but with the recent test and meds I cant afford it right now. My regular vet did not know how to dose him and just said to give him one drop in his water everyday, but that did not seem right.

Thank you, Patricia Barker

Jan 10, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Chihuahua with congestive heart failure
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Patricia,
If your dropper had a mark at .25ml, then his dose is .1 ml. That means you need to give LESS than .25. If you look where the .25 mark is, then draw up the tincture to less than half of that mark. The halfway point would be .125 ml, and he needs actually less than .1 ml. It is not very much.

Sorry for the confusion.

Does that make more sense?

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.




Jan 16, 2011
Baby is doing ok
by: Patricia Barker

Yes I did better understand and he appears to be doing ok with it. I ordered him some COQ10 and will start giving him that. I think I'm going to start making his food for him and my other 5 dogs.Thanks Patricia

Jan 16, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Chihuahua with congestive heart failure
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Patricia,
Thank you for the update on Baby. Keep us posted on how he is doing. You will be busy making all the food for 5 dogs!!

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jul 27, 2012
Chi with Congestive Heart Failure
by: Anonymous

You should not give you dog anything with alcohol

Jul 27, 2012
Chi with Congestive Heart Failure
by: Anonymous

You should not give you dog anything with alcohol

Jul 27, 2012
alcohol free
by: Anonymous

Only alcohol free products

Jul 28, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Chihuahua with congestive heart failure
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Dear Anonymous,
You are correct that alcohol containing products are not healthy for dogs. The Hawthorne tincture which I suggested, may not be available in a glycerin mixture. I therefore advised this dilution, .1 ml (which is about 1 drop) added to 1/2 tsp, which would be safe.

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The dose for a 5.5 lb Chihuahua would be .05-.1 ml. (or 50-100 mg) 2-3 times daily of the Hawthorn tincture. Since tinctures are commonly mixed in alcohol, it might be more palatable to add the small amount to 1/2 tsp of chicken broth or beef broth (no sodium).
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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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