I've been accused of finding a way to work my dogs into every conversation. So true! It drives many mad. February is no exception! February is Heart Month; we celebrate love with Valentines, and we celebrate life with smart heart health. Well I am not leaving the dogs out of this conversation either!
In humans heart disease is most often caused by lifestyle choices; diet and exercise. In dogs, heart disease is 95% congenital. Breeds most likely to be affected include: Afghan Hound, American Cocker Spaniel, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, English Bull Dog, English Cocker Spaniel, Fox Terrier, Great Dane, Irish Wolf Hound, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature and Toy Poodles, Miniature Schnauzer, Newfoundland, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Saint Bernard, Scottish Deerhound, and Whippet.
Canine Heart Health Smarts
Do you know the signs of canine heart failure?Is your dog is at risk? Do you know what to do to help encourage good heart health? If your dog suffers from heart disease, what are the best treatment plans? Stop by Your Dog's Heart website for some great answers and take their online questionnaire.
- Changes in breathing; shortness of breath, rapid breathing, laboured breathing
- Changes in behavior; tired, withdrawn, depressed, decreased interest in play
- Poor appetite and/or weight loss
- Restlessness, especially at night
- Swollen abdomen
Give Fido a Helping PawHow to put your pooch on a diet.
Talk to your Vet about holistic approach with supplements.
Today's Veterinarians are better equipped to deal with heart disease but it really helps if it is detected in the early stages. Visit http://www.caninehealthclinics.org/ and find all sorts of health clinics being run across Canada and the United States.
This fall, we attended our first eye and heart health clinic for Kodee who was 3.5 years old. Your probably thinking that is early, but for Cavaliers who suffer from Mitral Valve Disease (MVD), early detection is paramount to managing your dog's heart health. I can't tell you the sigh of relief that followed her test when I found out all was well. Even though her test result was favourable, she will be back next year and the year after that for the rest of her life.
|I bought this box of Kinder Surprise chocolate for one reason. |
To get the Cavalier to photograph!
Now about the other heart discussion this month! Matters of the romantic heart! Miss Kodee and Miz Becky wonder if anyone out there wants to be their Special Valentine? Don't be shy, wag a tail at them in the comment section!
~ Ramblings by Debbie
Dieting With My Pet This book is due out this spring! I can't wait to read it!
People Heart Health Help too! Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada