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Initially you may not even realize that you pet is suffering from DCM—the early symptoms tend to be very mild or even nonexistent. As the condition worsens, however, symptoms will emerge. And, in DCM, the condition will progress very rapidly. Signs include:
• Poor appetite
• Swollen abdomen (ascites)
• Depression and/or lack of energy
• Weight loss
• Labored breathing
If your dog suffers from DCM, heart medication is essential for survival. After your pet has been diagnosed, discuss treatment options with the vet.