Canine Cardiac Clues

By Connie Orcutt • Published: July 2nd, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Heart awareness can clue you in to signs of disease in your dog. If you notice any of the following abnormalities, your canine’s heart may need some TLC.

A nagging cough, labored respiration or panting can be signs of heart disease. Your dog may become short of breath or tire more easily. Some dogs with heart disease are reluctant to play and may seem depressed. Others are restless, particularly at night. Weakness and even collapse can be signs that your dog’s circulation is off kilter. Poor circulation can also cause fluid build-up and swelling in the legs or abdomen, resulting in a pot-bellied appearance. Heart disease can even steal your dog’s appetite and cause weight loss.

If your dog has less spring in his step, schedule a veterinary visit. Use your heart and your head to get the best care for your pet.