Heart disease is any condition of the heart or blood vessels that disrupts the normal function of the heart and vasculature to deliver oxygenated blood to the body. Heart diseases can be congenital or acquired. It affects around 15% of pets in the UK, some breeds more than others. Detecting heart disease early can help ensure a better quality of life and a longer life for your pet.
Signs of Heart Disease
- Lack of energy and a reluctance to exercise
- Enlarged Abdomen
- Weight Loss
- Difficulty in Breathing
- Changes in behaviour
- Poor appetite
Heart Health Tips
DIET, “you are what you eat” this applies to animals as well as people. Your pets diet needs to be well-balanced and made up of high-quality ingredients.
EXERCISE, obesity is a huge contributor to heart problems, being overweight makes the heart work harder, so it is important to keep your dog fit and lean by maintaining a daily exercise routine.
DENTAL HYGIENE, regular professional dental assessments by your vet along with brushing your pets’ teeth daily, could prevent or delay the onset of heart damage.
ROUTINE CHECKUPS, take your pet to the vet at least once a year for an annual check-up. If your pet has a heart condition, early diagnosis is the best outcome.
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If you fear your pet might be suffering from a heart problem book an appointment today.