Murmurs from the Dog Kennel

As your dog grows older, the risk of heart failure grows too.  The signs of heart disease can be subtle and can be mistaken for normal changes due to ageing.  Normally appearing in dogs aged seven and older, signs of heart disease you may notice include:

  • Coughing
  • Lack of energy, depression or not wanting to exercise
  • Poor appetite
  • Laboured or fast breathing
  • Fainting
  • Weight loss

In the very early stages of heart disease there may be no visible signs, however, your vet may be able to hear a murmur when they listen to your dog’s heart with a stethoscope.  Early diagnosis and treatment means your dog will lead a happier, healthier and longer life.  Come see our team if you pet has any of the signs above.