Don’t miss a beat on your pet’s heart health

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Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a broken heart on Valentine’s Day.  

But we’d like to discuss heart health so you don’t miss a beat.

From general health questions to urgent concerns, use the Petzey app to talk or video chat with a licensed vet professional to get answers in minutes. If a trip to the vet clinic or hospital is needed, we’ll help find ones near you.

Many of our furry friends suffer from heart disease and it is important to recognize the symptoms of this condition early so you can begin treatment to slow down the progressive changes associated with heart disease.

Here are heart conditions to look out for in your dogs and cats:

Heart Health for Dogs: 

Symptoms of heart disease in dogs include:
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing or difficult breathing
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal fluid retention (Ascites)
  • Syncope (Fainting)
  • Bluish gray color to the tongue and gums
These symptoms can all be signs of Congestive Heart Failure due to disease, inherited conditions, improper diets, disease conditions such as dental infections, or simply age-related.

Heart Health for Cats: 

The most common heart condition in cats is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.  This is an inherited condition generally associated with young and some older cats alike. The condition causes the left ventricle of the heart to thicken and thus prevents normal filling and elasticity.

Other conditions include Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), SAM (mitral valve anomaly), Hyperthyroidism and kidney failure which increases blood pressure, plus others.

Heart Disease symptoms include:

  • Increased respiratory rate and difficult breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Weakness and Lethargy
  • Lameness or even paralysis of the back legs due to a vascular embolism

If you suspect your pet is experiencing a heart condition, use Petzey to talk or video chat with a licensed vet professional to discuss the severity of your observations. In the event a trip to the vet is needed, we’ll help you get prepared and find a clinic near you.

This information is offered for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace traditional veterinary medical advice or create a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. You should not change your pet’s care or treatment on the basis of this information. If you think your pet requires emergency assistance, you should take your pet to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.



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