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Detecting heart disease in dogs can be challenging, especially in its early stages. That's why it's crucial to be familiar with the early signs and symptoms of canine heart disease.
Heart conditions are quite prevalent in dogs, with the CVCA, 35% of senior dogs and around 10% of all dogs are affected by some form of heart disease or condition.
reporting that 35% of senior dogs and approximately 10% of all dogs are affected by some form of heart disease or condition. Identifying the problem early on and seeking treatment can significantly improve the chances of a positive outcome.
While there is no cure for heart disease in dogs, medication and lifestyle adjustments can help manage the condition. In this article, we will outline the most common symptoms, types, and treatments of cardiovascular conditions in dogs, along with valuable tips on how you can take preventive measures.
“Heart disease” is a broad term that refers to a wide range of heart-related problems that can affect your dog. Some are minor and can be corrected with lifestyle changes. Others are life threatening and require immediate veterinary medical treatment. Depending on the severity of the condition, your veterinarian may refer you to a board-certified veterinary cardiologist.
There are a number of heart diseases and conditions that your dog can have. The signs and symptoms for all of them are similar.
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, especially in combination with another, contact your veterinarian immediately.
As mentioned earlier, “heart disease” is a broad term that refers to a wide range of cardiovascular problems that can affect your dog’s heart health and lead to death. Some of the more common heart conditions are:
The list of breeds and breed mixes that are more likely to develop heart disease is long. If your dog is not mentioned above, talk to your veterinarian, or visit the American Kennel Club’s website to look up your dog’s breed.
If your dog has been diagnosed by a veterinarian with heart disease, it is important that you as a dog parent be responsible for managing your pet’s cardiovascular health.
Heart disease is common among dogs and some breeds are more likely to develop a heart condition than others. Diagnosing heart disease in its early stages is key to ensuring your pet lives a long, happy life. The earlier you catch it, the sooner you and your veterinarian can treat and maintain the disease and reduce the chance of them developing heart failure.
Unfortunately, heart disease cannot be cured. Cardiac medications may improve heart function, but they do not cure the underlying disease process. In all likelihood, your pet will remain under treatment for the rest of its life. Daily medications, however, greatly improve the quality of life and life expectancy of dogs with heart disease.
Preventing heart disease from developing in your dog is possible. Be sure to feed your dog a healthy diet, avoid high fat treats, do not give them people food or table scraps, and make sure they get exercise.
Some heart conditions, however, are unavoidable. Congenital heart disease and defects are hereditary, meaning they are passed down by your dog’s parents and you have no control over them. Some dog breeds are more susceptible to heart conditions than others. Knowing if your dog is more likely to develop a condition can help you take measures to catch it and treat it early.
The veterinarian will need your dog’s complete medical history along with a complete physical exam to diagnose what type of heart disease your dog has and what stage it is at. An accurate diagnosis will require a series of tests:
There are a number of heart diseases and conditions that your dog can have and, fortunately, the signs and symptoms for all of them are similar.
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
This article is meant to provide general and not medical advice. We strongly recommend that a veterinarian be consulted with for the specific medical needs of your animal.
CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets
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Andrea Johnson, DVM, is co-founder of PetVet365, a franchise company that creates new veterinary practices around entrepreneur owners determined to reinvent the animal healthcare profession and to offer the highest quality care for pets and their families.
She began her career as an associate veterinarian with a practice in Kentucky and eventually became owner and chief medical officer for 15 Banfield Pet Hospital franchises in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, with 75 veterinarians on her team. She was a veterinary consultant for LegacyVet and a self-employed consultant prior to co-founding PetVet365.
She holds a BS degree in biology from Marshall University, an MS degree in Biology and Biological Sciences from Marshall University, and a DVM degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
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