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Apr 04 2013

Did You Know Dogs Get Heart Disease?

Your dog could be at risk for heart disease and we have an App for that!

Monitor your dog's respiratory rate!

Scan QR Code for free app!

Unfortunately, heart disease is not just a human condition. It can affect dogs too, especially as they get older.  Small dogs are commonly affected, but large dogs, such as Dobermans and Great Danes, are also at risk.

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.  The heart has to work harder to do its job and begins functioning poorly, which may result in signs like difficulty breathing, coughing, tiring easily, and even fainting. However, the signs of early heart failure can be subtle and mistaken for normal aging.  If your dog has heart failure, you may not know it. Your dog may simply appear tired or have a decreased appetite. Coughing, difficulty breathing, fainting, and swelling of the abdomen may be seen as heart failure progresses.

Dr Sandberg Exam

Dr. Sandberg checking Shrimp’s heart

If you think your dog may be at risk, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a heart exam.

Detecting heart disease or heart failure earlier may lengthen and improve your dog’s life.  To learn more about heart disease, diagnosis and treatment, click here. (Membership is free.)

*Scan the QR code above with your smartphone or click here to download Your Dog’s Heart Resting Respiratory Rate app.  Track , compare and upload information directly to your dog’s veterinarian.

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