Four Ways to Protect Your Pet’s Heart

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Pet owners dote on their pets, purchasing special foods and treats, cute outfits and even scheduling time at a pet spa or resort. Owners also need to take care of their pets’ cardiovascular health. Review four ways to protect your pet’s heart.

1. Research – Many animals are susceptible to cardiovascular conditions, just like their humans. Some common problems are:

      • Heartworm disease
      • Congenital disabilities
      • Heart muscle defects
      • Heart valve dysfunction
      • Hypertension
      • Valvular disease

Be proactive in researching heart problems your pet may experience at any stage of life. Some conditions have subtle signs or are similar to other health conditions, so make a list of key heart symptoms to monitor.

2. Exercise – Just like physical activity helps people stay healthy; regular exercise is good for your pet’s heart. Ask the veterinarian for tips on exercising your pet using games, toys or outside activities.

3. Weight – Obesity is a primary health problem for pets. Many pet food brands promote the healthiness of their products. But some do not contain nutritious ingredients. Extra weight can contribute to high blood pressure and heart                    disease. Follow your veterinarian’s recommendation for the best food brands and the daily amount to give your pet.

4. Exams – Schedule an annual wellness exam with the veterinarian. The doctor will check your pet’s heart and overall health and prescribe treatments for any concerns.

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