Understanding Heart Disease in your Dog or Cat
Like human beings, your dog or cat can be eligible for heart risked illnesses. Too much of an improper balance in your pet's diet, stress, or lack of love, can all contribute to a spiralling downfall in your pet's cardiovascular system.
To understand heart failure more, a heart is a muscular organ comprising of four chambers - two atriums and two ventricles (and several valves). Blood from the body enters to the heart and is reversed pumped into the lungs. Here, the blood is reoxygenated before returning to the heart. Once the blood has been replenished with oxygen, the heart then pumps it throughout the body so it can reach all organs and extremities. Many forms of heart disease involve changes in the heart's structure which affect its ability to pump blood effectively. This can cause inadequate blood supply to the body's organs and can result in the accumulation of fluid in the lungs and abdomen.
While heart disease in dogs typically involves problems with the heart valves, heart disease in cats is generally related to changes in the actual heart muscle. Cat heart disease can affect felines of any age and is a condition that can potentially have deadly results. Often, a cat will develop heart disease over an extended period of time, but signs and symptoms of the disease may not become apparent until the condition has progressed into its later stages. This is partly due to the nature of heart disease in how it tends to cause slow changes in the body and partly due to the personality of cats in general in how they tend to hide symptoms of illness.
Symptoms of Feline Heart Disease
Cough (low-pitched and uncontrollable)
Fluid buildup in both the lungs and abdomen
Intolerance of exercise
Lack of interest
Loss of appetite
Shortness of breath
Generally, once a cat begins to show signs of heart disease, the condition has already been present for quite some time. Thus, if you observe your cat displaying any of the above signs or symptoms, it's vital to contact your veterinarian immediately. The sooner the condition is identified and treated, the better the prognosis will be for your beloved pet.
Canine Heart Disease
Heart defects found at birth (congenital)
Weakening or breaking down of heart muscle, usually in old age (acquired)
A canine parasite known as heart worm
Symptoms of Canine Heart Disease
Difficult, labored breathing
Discolored (blue/gray) gums
Increased panting and puffing
Partial paralysis in hind legs
Reduced appetite / weight
Reduced energy levels
Swelling in abdomen
You can help promote a healthy heart in your dog by ensuring he gets regular exercise. Try to ensure he eats well and does not become obese. Additionally, you might like to consider using our natural, herbal remedies to counter potential heart disease in either your cat or dog. As in the case of cats, be sure to get your cute friend to the vet to ensure a proper diagnosis.
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