February is American Heart Month, and that includes awareness for our pet’s heart health too! Although heart disease tends to show up later in life, animals can start to show signs in their early years. This is especially true if heart disease was passed down from a parent. The best way to combat heart disease is prevention. Keep reading to learn how to keep your pets heart healthy and symptoms to look out for.

Pet Heart Health Tips

Here are ways that you can be proactive in your pet’s heart health.

Weight Management. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight can help reduce stress on their heart.

Healthy, Balanced Diet. Diet plays an integral role in your pet’s overall health. Getting all the nutrients that their body needs can help keep their heart healthy.

Exercise. Make sure that your pet gets enough daily exercise to keep their heart healthy. Do activities like walking, running, hiking, fetch, and other physical activities.

Parasite Preventatives. Parasites can cause heart disease too, so preventatives like flea/tick and heartworm medication are a must.

Dental Care. Caring for your pet’s dental health can benefit their heart health too, as animal medical professionals have found a strong correlation between dental health and heart health.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

  • Dry coughing post-exercise
  • Coughing that gets worse at night
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue and fainting spells
  • Pale gums
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Depression/lethargy
  • Decreased appetite

Written by Vincent M.

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