The heart is a very important organ and can affect your dog's health significantly. Any cardiology condition can make your dog feel lethargic and cause coughing or other respiratory symptoms.
Some signs include abdominal swelling, shortness of breath, trouble exercising, and coughing. Those are the main ones we see.
If you suspect a heart issue, you should bring your dog in immediately because the sooner we get to it, the better chance we have of helping your dog.
The most important thing is a physical exam. We'll first listen to your dog with a stethoscope to see if there's a heart murmur or any fluid in the lungs. Then we can proceed with other tests, like x-rays or an ultrasound.
It depends on the heart problem, but several medications can help your dog's heart pump more efficiently to give your dog a better quality of life for a very long time. There are some procedures that a board-certified cardiologist could perform for some congenital heart defects to help lengthen your dog's life.
It's very important because the sooner we diagnose it, the better the prognosis. By starting some medications for dogs, we can increase the time before they go into heart failure by over a year, which is significant.
Yearly physical exams are extremely important to detect any issues early. Good nutrition is also essential because some diets, like boutique diets or grain-free diets, have been linked to heart disease.
If you still have other questions and you'd like to reach out to us, you can call us directly at (214) 833-9821, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. But please do reach out, and we'll get back to you as fast as we can. Don't forget to follow us on social media https://www.facebook.com/HighlandParkAnimalHospital, https://www.instagram.com/highlandparkanimalhospital/