6 things you can do to keep your dog’s heart healthy
Maintaining optimal heart health is a crucial part of your dog’s well-being. In addition to lowering the chances of developing some kind of heart disease, dogs with healthy hearts tend to lead more active and fulfilling lives.
Fortunately, keeping your dog’s heart health in check is something that can be achieved with a few simple day-to-day considerations.
Here are six things you can do to keep your dog’s heart healthy.
Make sure they get enough exercise
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Just like humans, dogs need to get enough daily exercise to stay heart healthy.
Your veterinarian can advise you on the precise amount of daily exercise that is right for your dog. Also, don’t forget to vary exercise routines by adding agility tasks and mental stimulation games to the mix.
Reduce their sodium
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Dogs that consume too much sodium may have a higher risk of developing heart problems, while putting themselves at risk of salt poisoning.
While commercial dog foods are usually formulated to provide only the essential amount of sodium your dog needs, human foods are often sodium bombs for dogs, especially those containing soy sauce.
Be sure to save extra salty snacks for humans only.
Maintain their healthy diet
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Diet in general is an essential way to ensure that your dog’s heart stays healthy.
Your veterinarian can advise you on the exact amount of food your dog should consume, but in general try to avoid letting your dog snack on fatty human foods which can cause a case of canine obesity.
A well-balanced diet will go a long way to improving your dog’s heart health.
Watch out for heartworm
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Heartworm can be bad news for dogs and can even lead to heart failure.
The disease can be transmitted by mosquitoes. So talk to your veterinarian about preventative measures and heartworm medications.
This is especially important during the summer months when the mosquitoes are out. However, mosquitoes can appear year-round in some climates.
Keep up with their regular veterinary exams
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Maintaining regular visits to the vet is an important part of staying on top of your dog’s heart health. This is because your vet will be able to spot any early signs of potential heart problems that you might not be able to notice on your own.
In general, aim for two checkups a year, and once a year is a must at the bare minimum. Your veterinarian can advise you further on how often your dog should come.
Know your dog’s breed
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Unfortunately, some dog breeds are historically more likely to develop heart disease than other breeds. It is therefore important to know the history of your dog’s breed.
As a general checklist, the following dog breeds are most at risk of developing heart problems:
If your dog is one of these breeds or a mix of these breeds, pay special attention to his heart health. Even if you don’t have one of these dogs, ask your veterinarian about keeping your pooch happy and healthy.
Do you take steps to keep your dog’s heart healthy? What other tips do you have for other pet parents? Tell us all about it in the comments below!