Heart disease is one of the most common medical problems in dogs and
cats. Heart disease is defined as ANY destructive process within the
Your pet’s heart is the most important
organ in its body. The heart collects blood from the body and pumps
this blood to the lungs, where it gathers oxygen and removes carbon
dioxide. The oxygen enriched blood is then taken from the lungs back to
the heart, and the heart pumps that blood throughout the body. Quite a
remarkable feat for such a small muscle!
Obviously, it is very important for your pet’s heart to be kept at it’s optimum operating condition.
Heart disease can cause fluid to accumulate in the lungs or abdomen.
Heart disease also causes an inadequate flow of blood to other vital
organs, such as the liver, kidneys and lungs.
Signs of Heart Disease
‘low’ coughing is a sign of heart disease. Often this cough is
uncontrollable to the point of gagging. Other possible signs of heart
• Difficulty breathing
• Shortness of breath
• Reduced exercise
• Exercise intolerance
• Noticeable weight gain or loss
• Abdominal distension
Be sure to contact Ojai Pet Hospital for an appointment if your pet is showing any of these signs.