10 Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats
- Persistent cough*
- Difficulty breathing*
- Abdominal swelling/distention*
- Less tolerance to excercise
- Heart murmur
- Change in heart rate
- Change in body weight
- Restless or hiding
- 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