Could you recognise heart disease in your dog?

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About 1 in 10 dogs seen by vets suffer from heart disease. Knowing the early signs of heart failure can make a big difference to your dog’s life. It means you can seek medical help from us and we can then start treatment early, achieving a better quality of life for your dog.

Heart failure affects the pumping mechanism of the heart. It is often referred to as congestive failure as it results in pooling of blood in the lungs.

The signs to look out for include:

  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Laboured or fast breathing
  • A reluctance to exercise and tiring more easily on walks
  • An enlarged abdomen
  • Weight loss or poor appetite
  • Weakness or fainting associated with exercise

Without treatment, heart failure gets progressively worse, dogs become unwell and are not able to function normally. If you think your dog is showing one or more of the above signs, it is important that you make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.  

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