How to Keep Your Doggo’s Heart Healthy
“There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.” – D. Dale
Valentine’s day is coming and February is American Heart Month. Celebrate the month of hearts with your furry valentine and know more about how to keep your doggo’s heart healthy.
Dogs, like humans, need to have good habits to stay healthy. Although it’s very rare for dogs to have coronary heart disease, they are still vulnerable to heart problems such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and heartworm disease. Here are some tips to keep your dog in good condition:
To have a healthy body, you need to have a healthy diet. Nutrition plays a big role in your dog’s coat, skin, and joints health. It also has an impact on the proper organ function of pets. Preventing obesity is essential in keeping the heart healthy so giving your pooch high-quality foods and a balanced diet is vital.
Having an ideal weight doesn’t mean that your canine companion is fit. Regular physical activity will help keep your pet healthy and fit. You can take him out and go walking, running, swimming, hiking, flyball, and just about any activity that gets his heart pumping.
Regular Vet Visits
Dogs age faster than we do, one year of ours is equal to four to nine years in theirs. Can you imagine not going for a check-up for that long? Dogs should be brought to the vet for an annual check-up. If you have a senior dog, a bi-annual visit to the vet is advised. Regular visits to the vet can help prevent diseases or detect chronic diseases early before they get worse.
Practice Oral Care
Dental disorders in dogs usually start to occur at the age of four and most of these diseases are just like those found in humans. Dog dental problems are somehow related to heart problems. Plaque buildup and any oral infection that enters the bloodstream can contribute to congestive heart failure.
Heartworm disease is caused by parasitic worms that are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has bitten an infected host. This disease can be fatal if not treated early. Even if treated, this disease can still leave lasting damage on your pet’s lungs, heart, and arteries. Fortunately, this disease can be prevented by taking oral pills or having topical products administered monthly.
Know Your Dog’s Breed
Some breeds like the Boxer and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are genetically predisposed to certain heart diseases. It’s important to know if your dog’s breed is prone to specific heart ailments so you can keep a close eye on your pup and notice the symptoms early.
Watch Out For Signs of Heart Disease
Most canine heart disease case is not caused by genetics but is caused by an illness, injury, wear and tear, age or unhealthy lifestyle. Symptoms of heart disease in dogs include the following:
- Dry cough
- Cough that gets worse at night
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid weight loss
- Loss of consciousness
- Pale gums
- Bloated abdomen
If you see these symptoms and any other uncommon signs in your dog, take him to the vet immediately.
There are numerous ways to prevent our precious furry friends from having heart problems and make sure that they live a healthy happy long life.