In the process of raising dogs, the most headache for the dog owner is that the dog is sick, no matter what the disease is, it is a very troublesome thing. A dog’s illness not only means that the dog has to suffer a lot of pain. Among the most common diseases of dogs, dog heart disease is notoriously susceptible and troublesome.
Breeds such as Pekingese, Pomeranian, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Pug, and Teddy have always been high-risk breeds of heart disease because of genetic relationships. According to statistics, the incidence of heart disease in dogs 5-8 years old is as high as 10%, and the probability of dogs aged 8-10 years old entering heart age is as high as 30%. This means that out of all older dogs, 3 out of 10 dogs may have dog heart disease.
Causation of Dog Heart Disease
The causes of dog heart disease are also varied and complex. The risk factors include: variety, genetics, age, diet, obesity, and even have a relationship with dental health.
It can be said that dog heart disease has become an important reason why many old dogs cannot live to old age. The treatment of dog heart disease has always been a major medical problem, so the best way to treat heart disease has always been to prevent prevention over treatment. However, the development of dog heart disease is slow, and it has a slowly worsening process. Therefore, even if you understand its heart health status in daily life, it is very important to pay attention to its heart health.
6 Symptoms&Signs of Dog Heart Disease
1. Cough frequently: It is usually the following two acquired heart diseases that cause dogs to cough frequently:
A. Degeneration of heart valves (more common in small dogs and related to changes in age) is generally caused by fewer nodule of heart valve and unable to close tightly;
B. Dilated cardiomyopathy (common in large dogs), the dogs suffering from the disease will become larger and larger with age.
The reason that valve disease and dilated disease can cause cough is because the heart is enlarged to a certain extent, causing the trachea to be squeezed upwards, causing cough. In addition, cardiac dysfunction can also cause fluid to return to the lungs, causing coughing. Your dog’s coughing will get worse when lying down.
2. Increased breathing frequency: Measuring the breathing frequency of a dog during sleep is one of the most reliable indicators of respiratory distress caused by heart disease. Normal dogs sleep at least 30 times per minute, while dogs who show signs of heart failure due to heart disease have more than 30 breaths per minute. Note: Every rise and fall of the dog’s chest counts as one breath.
3. Abdominal enlargement: Both heart valve disease and dilated cardiomyopathy can cause the dog’s abdomen to enlarge. When a dog’s right heart breaks down, due to an enlarged liver, or accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity, abdominal distension may occur, making the dog look like a pregnant belly. If you are afraid of your dog’s abdomen, there will be a “wave feeling”.
4. Pallid gums: Concern about the oral health of dogs has always been a matter of great concern to us, because sometimes many problems can be reflected through the teeth. The gums of healthy dogs should be pink. The color will change to white or light pink when the gums are lightly pressed. After stopping the compression, it will return to pink, and the surface will be smooth and moist. If a dog’s heart has a problem, the efficiency of the blood needed to drain the heart into the body becomes low, resulting in poor circulation of oxygenated blood, and the gums will appear pale.
5. Stamina Decline: This is actually the easiest to observe. When a dog has a heart problem, the efficiency of the lungs to deliver oxygen to the limbs will also decrease. When the oxygen content drops, the dog will easily feel tired, which is actually the same as the human body.
6. Restlessness: Although dogs cannot express their symptoms as clearly as humans, they cannot be diagnosed by a doctor as soon as they lie on a bed. But when they have adverse reactions in their bodies, they are very clear themselves, and they will always try to use body language to convey the next message.
Dogs generally have difficulty adapting to the discomfort symptoms caused by heart disease. For example, when heart disease causes hydrocephalus, the dog will continue to adjust the lying position to try to make it more comfortable. If your dog has any of the above symptoms or signs, take it to the pet hospital for consultation as soon as possible, and let the veterinarian help the dog to confirm the heart condition through the medical instrument.
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