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Everything You Need to Know About Heart Disease in Dogs

Heart disease is a common concern for dog owners, and it's also one of the most preventable diseases in dogs. Still, we're not going to sugar-coat it: heart disease in dogs is a severe condition that requires proper diagnosis, treatment, and management.


But don't worry! We've got you covered with everything you need to know about heart disease in dogs. From what causes it to how you can treat it, we've got all the information you'll need to help keep your best friend healthy and happy.


What Causes Heart Disease in Dogs?

Plump, soft, and sweet peas… they're a staple in every dog's diet.


But according to a study from Tufts University in August 2021, peas might be the leading cause of diet-related canine heart disease (DCM) in dogs.

However, heart disease in dogs can be caused by many things, but the most common are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Heartworm disease
  • Cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle


Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease in Dogs

Dogs with heart disease can experience many different symptoms. Some common signs include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and gums)
  • A cough or wheezing sound when breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowish eyes or skin
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue


Houston, We've Got Your Pets' Health In Check.

At Best Care Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pets. We take our time with every pet parent and their furry family members, taking the time to understand what you are looking for from us and how we can help you achieve that goal. 

Our team is trained to answer any question you may have about your pet's health or behavior, so please don't hesitate to contact us!


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