I wanted to take a moment to talk about dog heart health.
Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death in humans, but did you know heart problems commonly affects dogs too?
In humans, It is estimated that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented by controlling the main risk factors: tobacco, diet and exercise. Heart health is an important subject for our pets as well. In fact, they can get just about every type of heart problem that we humans can. That’s why it’s so important to feed your dog a healthy diet and to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise.
So , let’s learn a little about heart health in dogs.
First – what is the structure and function of your dog’s heart? I have a good article that explains just that. Go to: Structure and Function of the Cardiovascular System in Dogs
Here are some common heart diseases in dogs that you may want to learn a little more about:
Chronic Valvular Heart Disease in Dogs
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs (very common)
Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs (DCM)
Cardiac Arrhythmias in Dogs (Abnormal heart rhythm)
These articles will tell you about the disease and the signs to watch for.
Also, please take care of yourself and know the signs of heart disease. Don’t take any warning sign lightly.
Your pet needs you!
One more thing ….does your dog need to be on heartworm prevention? Find out. Heartworm Prevention Guidelines for Dogs.