"Dog Heart Attack - How to Protect Your Dog from Heart Attack."
A dog’s heart is just like a human’s heart, it is prone to conditions, such as heart attacks, which cause heart failure and premature death, but the use of preventative medicine and early diagnosescan lead to a happy, healthy lifestyle.
The term ‘heart attack’ only applies to humans, right? Wrong. Dogssuffer from heart attacks too. This is why it is important for the pet’s owner to understand just what causesthis condition, how to recognize the signs, and ways that they can help prevent this illness from occurring. This way, they can possibly prevent their pet from experiencing this life threatening illness during their lifetime and increase their dog’s lifespan.
About the Dog’s Heart The dog’s heart is similar to the human heart in that it has four chambers and is made of muscle which pumps blood around the dog. This pumping action allows blood to circulate throughout the dog and keeps the dog’s vital organs and body functioning at an optimum level. Without a heart that functions well the dog’s circulation is compromised. This may have an adverse effect on the animal’s health and in some instances can causethe dog to have a heart attack.
Heart Conditions in Dogs Most heart attacks in dogs are caused by heart disease,a condition that affects the strength of the heart muscle and impairs the quality of the heart valves.
Heart diseasein dogs typically comes in two forms:
Mitral Valve Disease– Also known as a heart murmur, this illness affects the valves of the dog’s heart and changestheir consistency so that once smooth valves become lumpy and thickened. This change then reduces the performance of the valves causing them to leak, which in turn lessensthe blood flow that circulates throughout the dog. In fact, in some instances the value flow is reduced so much that blood which has been pushed from the atrium of the heart flows back into the chamber that it has come from and this affects the dog’s circulation significantly.
This illness typically affects smaller to medium sized dog breeds, such as Fox Terriers, Poodles, Chihuahuas, and Cocker Spaniels. Some dog breeds are more susceptible to heart diseaseand heart attacks than other breeds and this is why it is important to have regular vet checks over the course of the dog’s life.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) – This form of heart diseaseaffects the muscle of the heart and compromises the heart’s contractions which then reduce the dog’s circulation. This illness progressively gets worse as the dog ages and often affects medium to large dog breeds, such as Boxers, Great Danes, and German Shepherds.
Both forms of heart diseasecan cause heart attacks in dogs and heart failure if left untreated. In fact, statistically speaking, some 11%of dogs have heart disease.In the U.Sthis amounts to approximately 3.2 million beloved pets which have the illness. The incidence of valve diseaseis said to increase as the dog gets older with some 30-35%of dogs acquiring the illness once they are aged 13-years and over.
Signs of Dog Heart Attack The signs of a heart attack in a dog are not easy to recognize, as the dog’s body often will make adjustments so that the dog can cope with the changesin its heart’s condition. This is what is referred to as the dog’s survival mechanism. The body, which is a survival fanatic, will instinctively alter behavior so that the dog conserves energy and reduces the impact on its heart.
Typical signs that can be noticed may include the following: 1. Coughing 2. Craning of the Neck 3. Breathing Difficulties 4. Depression 5. Excessive Panting 6. Lack of Energy 7. Lossof Consciousness 8. Poor Appetite 9. Swelling of Limbs 10. Weakness
A dog showing these signs should be taken to a vet clinic immediately for diagnosesand treatment.
Heart Attack Prevention Many dog health professionals believe that heart diseaseand dog heart attack prevention is better than treatment, as once a dog has heart diseaseit cannot be cured. This is why it is recommended that the dog’s owner use natural products that increase blood flow and ensure that the dog’s heart and valves remain strong over the duration of its life (dog health professionals often recommend Petsprin). These products contain dog specific ingredients that are made from fermented soy – Natto – and are a safe alternative to aspirin. The Japanesehave been using Natto for thousands of years as a wellbeing and longevity food for stronger health and vitality.
Resource Box For additional information on dog heart diseaseand protecting a dog’s heart as well as dog health information and tips visit www.petsprin.com . John Dugan writes about dog’s health issuesand is an ongoing contributing writer at petsprin.com.
Published on Mar 4, 2011
Published on Mar 4, 2011
A dog’s heart is just like a human’s heart, it is prone to conditions, such as heart attacks, which cause heart failure and premature death,...