Canine heart disease is indeed one of the most heart breaking, no pun intended, conditions that our pets have to suffer. The best thing we can do is to find out more about it and how we can make sure that our dogs live their longest, fullest life possible.
Unfortunately, many times canine heart disease is inborn. Congestive heart failure in dogs are said to be more likely to occur with certain breeds particularly small dogs are larger sized canines. Small dogs tend to be born with chronicvalvular with mitral regurgitation, while larger breeds often suffer from dilated cardiomyopathy. The defect decreases the ability of the heart to function properly and adversely affects the quality of his life over time.
Other times, heart problems in dogs can also be acquired through infection like heartworm. Parvovirus is also a virus that commonly affects the dog’s heart. It is often caused because of ingestion of feces and other substances that are full of bacteria. Parvovirus is highly contagious so if you suspect that your new dog has this ailment, keep his isolated from your other pets and bring him to the vet right away.
The symptoms of canine heart failure are pretty common, many times pet owners do not even think much of it. Because of the faulty valves in the heart, fluid leaks out and is accumulated in the chest cavity and abdomen, giving the dog an appearance of a bloated tummy. Ailing dogs will seem to cough more often and be more restless, especially one to two hours before his bedtime so watch out for that. Sometimes, acquired heart conditions will also cause blood in their stools, nausea and lethargy.
With the more advanced cases of heart failure, the dog’s gums will look bluish gray in color. He will exhibit intolerance of exercise, labored breathing and irregular pulse and heartbeat. Hopefully before these signs ever start manifesting, you will have brought your dog to the vet to have a complete examination and treatment.
Treatment for canine heart disease may vary, depending on the severity and nature of the disease. As much as you are able, opt for organic and natural remedies to treat his sickness. This is safer and oftentimes more effective than pumping your dog’s system full of chemicals and medications. Invest in good dog food and supplements to ensure the long and happy life of your dog.