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7 Signs You Should Get Your Dog's Heart Checked

As in people, heart problems can be very common in dogs, much more common than most of us realize. Unfortunately, dogs have a very hard time telling us that there is something wrong and therefore the signs can be easily missed.

If your dog has any of the signs below, it's a good idea to get them checked by your vet. Even if there is nothing wrong, it is always better to be safe than sorry. A yearly check-up is always advised to keep your dog in tip-top shape. The seven signs below are the most common signs to look out for.

7 signs of a heart problem

  1. A dry cough after physical activity

  2. "Backwards sneezing" - an inhalation of air, a little like a pig's snort. If your dog does this, you will not miss it

  3. Shortness of breath or breathing quicker and harder than usual

  4. Fainting (which can sometimes look like a seizure)

  5. Rapid weight loss

  6. Rapid tiredness

  7. Potbelly (this is from fluid build-up)

As you can see, it might be easy to miss some of these, and dogs are very good at hiding ailments. But if you are in any way worried, please get them checked.

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