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10 Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

  1. Persistent cough*
  2. Difficulty breathing*
  3. Fainting/collapsing*
  4. Abdominal swelling/distention*
  5. Less tolerance to excercise
  6. Heart murmur
  7. Change in heart rate
  8. Change in body weight
  9. Restless or hiding
  10. Loss of appetite

* signs that should always warrant a visit to the vet

Valvular disease affects

  • 10% of dogs ages 5-8
  • 20-25% of dogs ages 9-12
  • 30-35% of dogs ages 13+

Heart disease usually strikes cats around 4-6 years of age, but the symptoms can be found in a cat of any age.

6 Different Kinds of Heart Disease

  • Valvular disease: Abdominal heart valves leading to heart enlargement
  • Myocardial disease: Heart muscle becomes weak or thick
  • Arrhythmias: Condition that causes irregular heartbeat.
  • Pericardial Disease: Protective sac around heart fills with fluid.
  • Heartworm Disease: Heartworm infection damages heart, lungs, and arteries.
  • Congenital Disease: Born with a malformed heart that can lead to progressive heart enlargement.

Did you know?

Patients with congestive heart failure live 75% longer when co-managed by a board-certified veterinary cardiologist and primary care veterinarian.

If you suspect that your pet may be showing signs of heart disease, please contact us to schedule a checkup.



Info courtesy of cvcavets.com
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July 27, 2020

Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals adjust to providing care during the re-opening of Florida associated with human coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing Curbside Concierge Service, Telehealth, and Mobile Services, but we look forward to resuming limited in-hospital outpatient appointments as soon as we have sufficient confidence that we can do so safely.

We remain committed to caring for our patients and meeting their health care needs in the safest and best way possible. Be assured that we continue to follow CDC guidelines and federal, state and local recommendations for practicing social distancing. We have established a phased plan to resume normal services to see our patients for healthy pet exams, all procedures and surgeries and urgent care needs.

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