Heart Disease In Dogs
Did you know that in the US 1 in 10 dogs is suffering from some form of heart disease? There are various factors that can increase the risk or a dog’s predisposition to developing heart disease. On top of the list are breed, diet, and body condition. There are 2 main types of heart disease that affect dogs --- dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Chronic Degenerative Valvular Disease (CVD). Large and giant canine breeds, middle-aged dogs are more at risk of developing DCM, while smaller breeds have a higher risk of CVD by the time they turn 5 years old or older. A heart disease is diagnosed based on the dog’s medical history, results of specific tests, and signs and symptoms are that manifested. The dog will also undergo a thorough physical examination and diagnostic imaging (x-ray, echocardiogram, ECG, etc. )
If your dog is diagnosed with heart disease, you should work closely with your vet Sarasota, FL in addressing the issue.