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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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