Understanding Heart Disease

Myocardial Disease

Disease of the heart muscle

Valvular Disease

Disease of the heart valves

Arrhythmia

Abnormality in the heart rhythm

Congenital Disease

Disease of the heart seen at a young age

Heartworm Disease

Disease transmitted by mosquito and caused by worms damaging the lungs and the heart

Pericardial Disease

Disease of the pericardial sac

Heart Condition Symptoms

A dog with a heart condition may have:

1. Cough (may be worse at night)
2. Difficulty breathing
3. Increased respiratory rate

4. Decreased exercise tolerance
5. Collapse
6. A heart murmur

7. Loss in weight
8. Heart rate up or down
9. Abdominal distention

Trivia: Did you know that your dog will unlikely experience a heart attack as it is seen in people?
A cat with a heart condition may have:

1. Difficulty breathing
2. Increased respiratory rate
3. Sudden loss in limbs function

4. Rarely cough in a cat is a sign of heart disease
5. Rarely cats with heart disease will develop abdominal distention