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PETPACE: MONITORING HEART DISEASE IN DOGS
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Heart disease in dogs is common.
Cardiac scans allow subtle signs of heart disease in dogs to be spotted sooner. Happily, with the right medications, the symptoms of congestive heart failure in dogs can be controlled. Indeed, some vet hospitals use PetPace to monitor patient progress and adjust treatment.
WHAT EXACTLY IS HEART DISEASE IN DOGS?
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Heart disease is an umbrella term for several different conditions affecting the heart. Whilst some problems are down to old age, others are hereditary such as valve disease in Cavalier King Charles spaniels or dilated cardiomyopathy in Dobermanns.
The most common heart conditions include:
- Valve disease: Stiff heart valves allow blood to leak in the wrong direction
- Cardiomyopathy: This is disease of the heart muscle. There are several forms –
- Hypertrophic or thickening of the heart wall – most common in cats
- Dilated, where the heart stretches and becomes baggy
- Restrictive, where the chambers of the heart are too rigid to expand
- Infections: bacterial or parasitic infections such as heartworm
- Congenital Problems: Such as abnormal blood vessels around the heart or incomplete seperation between chambers
Unlike in humans, coronary artery disease is rare in canines, and therefore the signs of heart attack in dogs don’t occur in quite the same way.
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SYMPTOMS OF HEART PROBLEMS IN DOGS
What are the signs of heart disease in dogs?
In the early stages a heart problem may be heard as a heart murmur or a subtle change in heart rhythm, but often these dogs shows no symptoms. Nevertheless, early detection and treatment may increase life expectancy.
Once the heart starts to struggle signs develop such as:
- Lack of energy
- Heavy panting at rest
- Reduced appetite
- Fainting episodes
- A swollen belly
- Weight loss
If you see any of these, get the dog checked by a vet.
PETPACE: MONITORING FOR DOGS WITH HEART DISEASE
The key to a long and active life with heart disease is regular monitoring and careful adjustments of medications, proper exercise and diet.
PetPace constantly monitors:
- Pulse rate
- Heart Rate Variability
- Respiratory rate
- Activity levels
- and more
Knowing a dog’s heart and breathing rate at rest, is treatment gold for the vet as changes can provide early warning signs of congestive heart failure in dogs. A timely dosage alteration then brings symptoms under control, thereby reducing strain on the heart.
The PetPace app gives a graphic record of your dog’s vital signs. It also sends alerts to your smartphone about trends or sudden changes. This data can be shared with your vet, to fine tune the patient’s treatment.
Take heart and be healthy with PetPace!