Southern Cross Vets in Port Elizabeth
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HEART DISEASE

SIGNS OF HEART DISEASE
lethargy and weakness
reduced ability to exercise
frequent cough
difficulty breathing
reduced appetite and/or weight loss
fainting and collapse
swelling of the abdomen
cats - paralysis of the hindleg(s)

Overweight pets are more likely to develop heart disease. Small dog breeds are more likely to have leaky heart valves and so a heart murmur can be heard. Large and Giant dog breeds are more likely to have enlarged hearts. There are lots of medications available which help maintain heart function. If you are worried about your pet's heart please make an appointment to see one of our vets.
Stethoscope
Chest x-ray
 
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