Recognizing Signs of Heart Disease

Recognizing Signs of Heart Disease



Heart disease can affect any breed of dog or cat.  Early diagnosis and treatment can be critical to your pet’s quality of life and life expectancy.  Here is a checklist to help determine if your pet is displaying symptoms of heart disease.

Breed Predisposition (Dogs):

___   Boxer                   ___   Cavalier King Charles Spaniel        ___   Miniature Poodle

___   Chihuahua           ___   Doberman Pinscher                         ___   Scottish Deerhound

___   Dachshund          ___   Great Dane                                       ___   Whippet

___   Pekinese              ___   Irish Wolfhound                               ___   Miniature Pinscher

Abnormal Heart Structure:

___   Previously diagnosed heart murmur and/or heart enlargement by your veterinarian

Abnormal Respiratory Function:

___   Coughing

___   Shortness of breath, especially with exercise

___ Persistent difficult or laboured breathing

___   Persistent rapid breathing

Abnormal Behavior:

___   Fainting episodes

___   Restlessness, discomfort while sleeping, especially at night

___   Slowing down, reluctance to go for walks

___   Tiring easily

___   Less playful than normal, withdrawn


___   Weight loss

___   Change in appetite

If you have placed a check mark in three or more of the above signs, your pet may be demonstrating signs of heart disease.  This would be the best time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to determine what course of treatment will be best for your pet.

If you have any concerns regarding your pet’s heart condition, please call us at (519) 250-0099.

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