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Dog Congestive Heart Failure

…been proven that congestive heart failure or CHF can be genetic which increases a dog’s chance of having CHF as it gets older. When your dog has congestive heart failure its heart stops working properly and it no longer pumps the blood correctly and this can cause all sorts of problems.Signs and Symptoms You will see the signs of congestive heart failure when he or she starts to have trouble with the valves. Damage to the heart can cause the…

Cat Congestive Heart Failure

The job of a cat’s heart is to pump blood to its entire body. Any abnormality in the heart can decrease its ability to perform that task. When the function of the heart is compromised, fluid can accumulate in the lungs and other body cavities. This is what congestive heart failure is. Causes in Cats • If a cat is born with a congenital defect, it can lead to CHF • Any degeneration of the valves of the heart • • Cardiomyopathy, which is a disease…

Dog Heart Disease

…the left side of the heart, and two on the right side. Each side of the heart also has a set of valves. When heart disease is present, certain parts of the heart cease to function properly. The rest of the organ then tries to compensate for this improper function. Although there are different kinds of heart disease, most of the types that affect dogs lead to congestive heart failure rather than heart attacks. Congestive heart failure involves a…

Heartworm

…coyotes, foxes, and even humans. Heartworm is a filarial which looks something like a thread which in its final reproductive stage lives in the heart of its host. Heartworm, left untreated, can be very serious as it can result in congestive heart failure and likely death. Heartworm can live in the heart for several years and treatment can be exhausting and very uncomfortable. Prevention is the best approach to heartworm and there are a number of…

Dog Difficulty Breathing

…as a rule, but it can become worse after strenuous exercise or in hot, humid weather. • s are also prone to tumors that may occur in the chest. These are in the heart and lung area and cause pressure on the lungs. • Giant dogs such as s are at high risk for congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. • Toy breeds and small dogs can have a collapse of the trachea, chronic mitral valve disease or bronchitis.Symptoms • • Difficulty breathing,…

Cat Hypertension

…the heart and kidneys must work that much harder to push blood through the body. • Poor circulation and narrowing veins can cause multiple problems in the brain including ruptured vessels, blocked arteries which can in turn result in a stroke, coma and death. • Hypertension often leads to heart problems due to the fact that the heart has to work so much harder. If the left ventricle becomes hardened and enlarged, it can lead to congestive heart

Pekingese

…to become comfortable with their owner, but once a bond is formed they can be very loving. They need to be brushed regularly to maintain the health of their coat and if they are intended as house pets only, a short hair cut is much easier to manage. The Pekingese also have a number of health issues which should be monitored, most notably congestive heart failure. This is the leading cause of death in Pekingese but can be managed by medication.

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