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What are the early symptoms of heart failure in dogs?

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Heart failure is when your dog’s heart has trouble pumping blood to the rest of its body. It can take years before you notice the symptoms. Early signs include if your pet:

  • Coughs more than usual
  • Has a hard time breathing or exercising
  • Tires easily
  • Paces before bedtime and has trouble settling down

From: Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/13/2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Pets May Help Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease."

AKC Canine Health Foundation: "Aortic Stenosis."

VCA Animal Hospitals: "Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs."

Christina Fan, DVM, Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Leaky Valve Disease in Older Dogs."

Tufts University: "Treatments for Pets with Heart Disease: Congestive Heart Failure."

American Veterinary Medical Association: "The Facts on AVMA's Proposed Policy on Raw Pet Food Diets."

The Humane Society of the United States.

Doctors, Fosters & Smith: "Heart Failure in the Dog."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Pets May Help Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease."

AKC Canine Health Foundation: "Aortic Stenosis."

VCA Animal Hospitals: "Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs."

Christina Fan, DVM, Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Leaky Valve Disease in Older Dogs."

Tufts University: "Treatments for Pets with Heart Disease: Congestive Heart Failure."

American Veterinary Medical Association: "The Facts on AVMA's Proposed Policy on Raw Pet Food Diets."

The Humane Society of the United States.

Doctors, Fosters & Smith: "Heart Failure in the Dog."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 13, 2018

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