We never like to think that our beloved dogs could get unwell and we truly hope that they will be around forever. However, it is important to identify the early warning signs of various illnesses such as heart disease, so that your dog can receive early treatment and hopefully make a full recovery.
The signs of heart disease in dogs are:
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Lack of appetite
- Depression or changes in the dogs normal behaviour
- Breathing difficulties
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Weakness in your dog
- Your dog isolating itself from humans and other dogs
These may also be symptoms of other minor ailments or different illnesses. However, if your dog has a two or more of these symptoms combined, it is best to see a vet so they can check him over for heart disease.
If your dog is suffering with heart disease there are several medications that your dog can take, whether your dog responds well to treatment, depends on the overall health of your dog and severity of the disease.
One of the popular treatments is the L-Carnitine and Taurine supplement; it is often given to dogs with heart disease to improve, and sometimes even reverse heart disease.
I recommend preventative action to avoid getting to this stage. An example would be to research your breed of dog to see if he is prone to certain ailments or diseases. If you can see he is, then start your dog on the relevant supplements to help prevent any potential ailments later on in life.
L-Carnitine and Taurine supplement can also be used as a preventative supplement against heart disease, so if you know your dog is prone to heart disease ensure he takes these supplements regularly.
If you are observant and regularly check your dog over for any abnormalities, you are giving your dog a better chance to live a longer life, as if medical concerns are picked up early enough, there is a much better chance of treating them and your dog making a full recovery.