Five Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs

20150322_115538-1-1As a dog owner, you should be aware of the signs of heart disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can make all the difference.

#1 Coughing is a common symptom of many illnesses. A minor cough will last a few days. After three days, seek veterinary care.

#2 Changes in breathing that are related to heart disease may include shortness of breath, labored breathing or rapid breathing.

#3 Changes in behavior such as tiring more easily, being less playful, withdrawal from people and activities can all be signs of heart disease.

#4 Loss of appetite is always a symptom of something but it could be a strong indicator of heart disease.

#5 Edema is swelling of body tissues. In regards to heart disease, your dog may show swelling in the abdomen and extremities.


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