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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the clinical syndrome of fluid retention due to severe heart disease. 

In dogs and cats, the fluid is retained in specific parts of the body, depending on the diseased side of the heart.  The left side of the heart brings oxygenated blood to the body; the right side brings blood to the lungs, where it becomes oxygenated.  

Dr. Lamb is the Veterinarian at the Manchester Animal Hospital.