Dogs experience heart attacks like humans do. The warning signs, risk factors, and preventive measures are similar too.
An impending myocardial infarction (MI) in dogs can come with or without warning signs. Here are five out of several noticeable symptoms:
1. Breathing Difficulties
3. Exhaustion and Fatigue
4. Immobility and Unresponsiveness
What are the three most common risk factors that can lead to a canine heart attack?
1. Congenital Abnormalities
Congenital defects are developed or transmitted through generations of canines. Certain dog breeds such as the Great Dane and Saint Bernard, as well as mixed breeds, are predisposed to congenital abnormalities that can lead to a heart attack.
2. Genetic Predisposition
Genetic characteristics are passed down from the canine parents to the puppies. If a dog parent has experienced a myocardial infarction at an earlier time, her offspring is genetically predisposed to experiencing a heart attack in his lifetime.
3. Heart Disease
The third most common cause of heart attacks in dogs is heart disease. Heart disease can progress to congestive heart failure (CHF), which increases the risk of a heart attack.
So, what three steps can be taken to prevent dogs from experiencing a heart attack?
1. Existing Health Condition
Determine and become familiar with your dog’s heart condition through regular visits to a veterinarian.
Canine formulated food is best for dogs. Avoid serving human food as it contains artificial and processed ingredients.
Ensure that dogs have an exercise routine to increase blood flow and prevent fats from building.
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