Tips for Good Pet Heart Health
Unfortunately, heart disease isn’t preventable, but you can take other measures to keep your pet’s heart as healthy as possible. Care Center Vets’ advice includes:
Weight management for your pet: Keeping your pet at a healthy weight is good for their overall health, but it also can reduce stress on the heart.
A balanced, nutritious diet: A balanced diet not only aids in keeping your pet’s weight in check, but it also ensures that your pet is getting all the nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Frequent exercise: Getting your dog adequate exercise including frequent cardiac exercise, helps keep your dog or cat healthy and happy. Consider walking, running, playing, swimming, hiking, or dog-related sports such as flyball and agility.
Annual exams: Exams give your veterinarian the opportunity to monitor your pet’s heart. If something seems off during an annual exam, your veterinarian will be able to see the changes and possibly make an early diagnosis.
Parasite preventatives: Flea and tick preventatives can prevent illnesses that could cause stress on the heart. Heartworm preventatives can reduce your pet’s risk for heart disease as it causes 13 percent of heart disease cases.
Provide dental care: Dental disease is one of the most common conditions that dogs and cats face, and it has a strong correlation to heart disease, so dental health should be a top priority for pet owners.
Knowing your breed: Some pet breeds are more prone to heart disease than others. These breeds include Maine Coon, Persian, and Siamese for cats and Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Boston terrier, and Chihuahua for dogs.
Even though you can’t prevent heart disease, you can take measures to ensure that your cat or dog’s heart is as healthy as possible for as long as possible. These tips will help you do just that. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to identify the symptoms of heart disease.