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Heart disease affects pets too. Over 10% of pets examined by veterinarians have some form of heart disease. Heart disease describes any condition that prevents the heart from pumping blood efficiently throughout the body. Heart issues may be congenital or acquired.
Most forms of heart disease are not curable, and will eventually be fatal if left untreated. Fortunately, treatment options can support healthy cardiovascular function and keep symptoms under control, giving many pets many healthy, happy years with their family.
Pet parents should carefully research their pet's breed and learn the signs of common congenital heart diseases. In dogs, the Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Labrador Retriever, and King Charles Spaniel are among those that may be predisposed to heart defects.
In cats, the most common heart disease is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes thickening of the muscular walls of the heart. It's a common congenital defect in the Maine Coon, Siamese, American and British Shorthair, and Persian breeds.
Cats and dogs of any breed, including those of mixed-breed and unknown lineage, can suffer from congenital and acquired heart diseases.
While heart disease is not always caused by preventable factors, you can support your cat or dog's heart health with smart lifestyle choices.
All cats and dogs should see their veterinarian at least once a year for a wellness visit. For senior pets, at-risk breeds, and those with unexplained symptoms or changes in behavior, ask your vet about screening for heart issues.
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