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How To Help Your Dog With Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)?

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a technical term for heart failure in dogs. It is characterized by progressive degenerative changes in the heart muscles that eventually renders the heart incapable of efficiently pumping blood throughout the body. Unfortunately, many dogs eventually succumbed when the disease is well-advanced and complicated. Early diagnosis of DCM is very important so treatment can be started immediately, long before symptoms are manifested. If your dog has been diagnosed with DCM, there are simple ways to help your pet. These include the following:

Exercise

Dogs showing mild signs of heart disease can engage in mild physical activity. However, you should keep a close eye on your dog. If he appears tired, let him rest. You should seek the advice of your veterinarian North Phoenix, AZ regarding the type and amount of exercise that is suitable for your dog. If your pet collapses or appears very weak during or after exercise, contact your vet clinic immediately. 

Close monitoring

Dogs that are at risk for DCM should undergo annual screening so any problem can be nipped in the bud. At home, you may also monitor your pet’s heart condition by observing his breathing rate while sleeping, and by keeping a record of your pet’s activity levels, appetite, and temperament. Schedule an appointment today!

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