We all know that the heart is one of the most vital organs in the body, and it’s essential that our pets’ hearts stay strong for a healthy, happy life. Unfortunately, heart problems can be quite common in our faithful friends, with many different symptoms and causes.
PDSA Vet Nurse, Nina Downing, said: “Heart problems are usually caused by changes to the heart’s shape, size or beating rhythm.
“Pets often develop symptoms later in life, but they do sometimes occur from birth.
Luckily, there are ways you can reduce the strain on your pet’s body, so if they’re at risk of developing a heart problem, you can support in delaying the onset of symptoms and, likewise, help to manage symptoms if there’s an existing issue.
“Heart problems cause lots of different symptoms in pets which can get worse over time.
That’s why it’s important that you’re able to recognise the early signs and seek help from your vet as soon as possible.
“Changes to breathing patterns can be a tell-tale sign of a heart problem.
If your pet seems to be breathing faster…