Identifying Common Canine Heart Conditions and the Breeds at Risk

Identifying Common Canine Heart Conditions and the Breeds at Risk

Just like in humans, heart health is paramount to the overall well-being of our furry companions. Learn about common heart diseases in dogs and which breeds are more susceptible, allowing you to provide proactive care for your furry companion.

◉ Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs is a condition affecting the heart's muscle, leading to reduced pressure generation and impaired blood pumping through the vascular system. Large breed dogs are more susceptible, such as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, and Labrador Retrievers.

◉ Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
The ventricular muscle thickens, causing difficulty in heart contraction. Common in small to medium-sized dogs, including Chihuahuas and Bichons.

◉ Mitral Valve Regurgitation
A common heart disease in dogs caused by age-related changes to the valves of the heart. Common in senior and small breed dogs, such as Maltese, Spaniels, Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, Schnauzers, and Chihuahuas.

【Symptoms of Dogs with Heart Disease】
Dogs with heart disease may exhibit the following symptoms:
➊ Coughing ➋ Rapid Breathing ➌ Fatigue and Weakness ➍ Weight Loss ➎ Decreased Appetite ➏ Fainting

【Preventing Heart Disease in Dogs】
Heart disease is closely linked to genetic factors. Although it cannot be entirely prevented, maintaining your pet's heart health through lifestyle and dietary changes is crucial:

➊ Regular Health Checkups
➋ Choose a Balanced and High-Quality Diet
➌ Supplement Heart Health Products
➍ Maintain a Healthy Weight
➎ Moderate Exercise
➏ Stress Management
➐ Regular Dental Care
➑ Early Treatment of Chronic Diseases

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