Heart Attacks in Dogs

Does the term “heart attack” only applies to humans?

Dogs have heart attacks too. So it is important for the pet owner to understand just what causes the disease, how to recognize the signs and ways you can help prevent this disease. Thus possibly can prevent your pet experiencing this life-threatening illness during her life and increase life expectancy of your dog.

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About the dog’s heart

Heart of dog is similar to the human heart has four chambers and is made of muscle that pumps blood around the dog. This pumping action allows blood can circulate all the dog and keeps the dog’s vital organs and body functioning at an optimal level. Without a well-functioning heart is committed to the circulation of the dog. This can have an adverse effect on the health of animals and in some cases can cause the dog heart attack.

Heart conditions in dogs

Most heart attacks in dogs are caused by heart disease, a condition that affects the heart muscle strength and reduces the quality of the heart valves.

Heart disease in dogs typically comes in two forms:

Mitral valve disease, also known as a heart murmur, this disease affects the heart valves Dog and changes its consistency to be once valves protruding soft and thick. Then, this change reduces the performance of the valves, causing leakage, which in turn reduces the blood flow circulating around the dog. In fact, in some cases the value stream is greatly reduced flowing blood that has been driven from the atrium of the heart to the camera that has come from and this significantly affects the circulation of the dog.

This disease usually affects smaller breeds of dogs of medium size, as Fox Terriers, Poodles, Chihuahuas and Cocker Spaniel. Some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to heart disease and heart attacks than other races, and so it is important to have regular veterinary control over the dog’s life.

(DCM) of dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that affects the heart muscle and threatening heart contractions, then reduce circulation of the dog. The disease progressively worsens as dog’s age and often affects medium to large breeds such as Boxers, Dobermanns, Great Danes and German Shepherds.

Both forms of heart disease can cause heart attacks and heart failure in dogs if left untreated. In fact, statistically speaking, 11% of dogs have heart disease. In the United States, this equates to approximately 3.2 million beloved pets who have the disease. The incidence of valve diseases that increase as you get older the dog with about 30-35% of dogs for the disease once you are age 13 and over.

 Signs of heart attack in a dog

Signs of a heart attack in a dog is not easy to recognize, as the dog’s body often makes adjustments so that the dog can cope with changes in the condition of your heart. This is what concerns the mechanism of survival of the dog. The body, which is a fan of survival, instinctively alter the behavior so that the dog saves energy and reduces the impact on your heart.

Typical signs may be observed include the following:

1. Cough

2. Neck craning

3. Breathing difficulties

4. Depression

5. Excessive panting

6. Lack of energy

7. Unconsciousness

8. The lack of appetite

9. Swelling of limbs

10. The weakness