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October 11, 2012
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Understanding how to help your pet who has heart disease will ease their pain, and may save their life. These five facts will guide you to help your pet live a longer and happier life.
Keep track of any behavioral or physical changes that you notice in your pet. Not only could your notes help your veterinarian spot signs of heart disease, you and your vet will have a better chance to catching any disease or illness sooner. Report changes you notice in your pet so accurate testing can begin. It's a good habit to do this at every checkup, even if your animal is healthy.
If you fear that your dog or cat may be suffering from heart disease, or possibly suffer in the future, you can take proactive measures to help protect them. Coenzyme Q, a dietary supplement, helps to keep your dog or cat’s cardiac health strong. Make sure their diet is high in taurine and L-carnitine, which are two amino acids necessary to keep the heart pumping.
A huge part of maintaining great cardiac health in your dog or cat is daily exercise. When the heart is working harder due to exercise, it grows stronger and becomes better at avoiding acquired heart disease. Congenital heart disease may not be avoidable, but exercise can still help prevent genetic heart problems from progressing quickly.
Because heart disease can be caused by a genetic inclination, there are a few breeds which are more likely to suffer from it. Newfoundlands, Dobermans, Great Danes, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are more prone to heart disease.
The proBNP blood test is a recent discovery, and has proven to be an accurate way to test for the degree of heart disease. This test can also determine respiratory disease and several other maladies. Ask your veterinarian about performing the test again as the disease progresses, to indicate the efficacy of treatment.
This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.
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