Canine Heart disease is a serious problem which usually affects older dogs. Canine heart disease causes your dogs heart to stop functioning properly. As a result of this the rest of your dog's organs attempt to compensate for this imbalance. Slowly your dog's body begins to wear down and gives into the disease. It is best to know the symptoms to look for to attempt to catch any heart disease before it becomes to overpowering on your dog. Visit your doctor if you suspect your dog has any heart diseases.
Symptoms of Heart Disease
There are a few common symptoms which are experienced by a dog that has various different heart problems such as:
- Lack of energy and willingness to exercise
- Fatigue and laziness
- Increase in sleep
- Increased panting and puffing
- Dry cough
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Potbellied appearance
- Grey or bluish tinge in gums
Types of Heart Disease in Dogs
There are two broad categories of canine heart disease and they include:
Acquired heart diseases:
Most heart diseases dogs acquire come from this category. This is often a result of one of three underlying issues. The three underlying issues include; wear and tear of old age, injury or infection.
Congenital heart diseases:
This type is a defect of the heart which has been present since the dogs birth. Therefore it can be a result of genetics, heredity or during embryogenesis.
There are many types of options that can be given to your dog when the disease is first starting in order to eliminate it from your dog's body. Visit your veternarian to see which options are best for your pet.