Heart Diseases in Dogs and Cats – How to Help Prevent Them

Heart Diseases in Dogs and Cats – We celebrated Valentine’s Day this week.  There are many things we should think about on this day.  One of the things is to protect our pet’s heart.  There are many things we can do to prevent heart diseases in our pets. 

One important thing we should do is be aware of symptoms of heart problems.  I read an article that lays out these symptoms.  I feel that this knowledge is critical in helping our pets.

The article is entitled, “This Valentine’s Day, Remember Your Pet’s Heart!”  I will give you a short quote from the article further down in this post.

In addition to this knowledge, you must do those things we discuss many times on this blog.  Take your pet to the veterinarian for regular checkups.  I’m very aware of the costs of these visits.  Unfortunately, it’s something we all must do.  You vet can detect a potential heart problem in advance of it becoming worse.

Feeding the best quality dog food and giving your pet proper exercise are critical in preventing heart diseases in dogs and cats.

The article discusses potential heart problems in our pets.  Here is the quote from the article:

These include heart disease, heart murmurs and heartworms among others. There are various symptoms that pet owners should report to their veterinarians as soon as they’re noticed.

According to healthypet.com, general symptoms of heart disease include restlessness, coughing, fatigue, fainting, bluish tongue, loss of appetite, body swelling and a rapid or very slow heartbeat. Heart murmurs are usually indicators of heart issues, which a veterinarian can detect with a stethoscope, so once or twice a year check-ups are a good idea. Obesity is also something to help your pets avoid, since it can cause a pet’s heart to become overworked to compensate. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise your pet regularly.

Another heart concern for pets is heartworms. According to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), in both dogs and cats the early stages of heartworm infection can produce no noticeable symptoms. But when the infection becomes more severe, symptoms in dogs can include persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue, reduced appetite and weight loss. Signs in cats can include vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy, weight loss or no symptoms at all, which is why giving a heartworm preventative to both dogs and cats is a good idea.

Here is the entire article.

We all care for our pets.  It is our responsibility to monitor our pets so that we can prevent these health problems.

Do you monitor your pet’s health in order to help; prevent heart diseases in dogs and cats?  I know that we all want what is best for our pet.  So this is another important thing we must do.

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