Heart disease is one of the most common reasons senior dogs present to us for treatment. Symptoms of disease can appear gradually, and early detection can allow us to prolong a good quality of life for as long as possible.
There are many different types of heart disease in dogs, but a few common signs you may notice at home include:
- Coughing, especially at night
- Inability to exercise
- Rapid breathing, even at rest
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
Dogs over 7 years of age are particularly at risk, however dogs of any age can be affected. Diagnosis is confirmed with a chest radiograph to evaluate the size and shape of the heart in addition to any changed in the lungs. Some conditions will warrant an ultrasound examination.
Treatment is life long. Treated dogs enjoy a better quality of life and generally live longer, but consistent treatment and careful observation is important to achieve a good outcome.
While there are many types of heart disease the above symptoms are often consistent. If your pet has these symptoms, please phone us to book a consult with one of our veterinarians.