Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs
Congenital Heart Disease in Dogs
Your beloved pet can have heart problems just like you. Know the symptoms so you can get your companion the help she needs.
Heart disease leads to congestive heart failure. That's when your dog's heart has trouble pumping blood to the rest of its body.
Heart disease can affect one side of the heart or sometimes both sides. It can progress slowly and may take years to spot.
Old age, injury, and infection can cause it. Diet and exercise play roles too. And some dogs are born with heart defects.
Take notice of these early symptoms of heart problems:
More symptoms may develop, as the disease gets worse, including:
Getting a Diagnosis
Your vet will want to know any symptoms you've noticed. He or she will want to know what she eats, what medications and supplements she may be taking, and if she is current on heartworm protection.
The vet will listen to your dog's chest and may want to run some tests, including: