Healthy Hearts Part I – Keeping Our Hearts Healthy

on February 11, 2010
Posted in Cats

Today my human, Sage, posted about heart disease. Well just like in humans, pets too can suffer from unhappy hearts! When we’re pooping like crazy or have skin problems, its so easy to tell that we have an ailment. But not so with our thumping hearts. Unless we exhibit certain symptoms of cardiac distress, there’s not a lot telling you that we have heart trubb!

Does Your Pet Have Heart Disease?

To the vet! To the vet! To the vet! I can’t yap this enough: take your pet to the vet at least once per year. Part of a vet visit is checking out our hearts, which can detect most ailments.

Some symptoms you can look for:

  • coughing or hacking
  • wheezing
  • decreased energy or stamina
  • edema
  • abdominal bloat
  • signs of poor cirulation
  • fainting

Preventing Heart Disease In Pets

Luckily, preventing heart disease can be simple. Just like managing your own lifestyle, doing the same with pet can work wonders!

Common causes of heart disease in pets include:

  • Eating foods that are high in saturated fats and cholesterol
  • Leading an inactive lifestyle
  • Being overweight
  • Unhappiness and stress

Take a tip from your own lifestyle, humans! Feed your pet a healthy diet, give them plenty of exercise, and supplement with an herbal blend to keep your pet healthy! Take these tips to your own heart, too. You’ll all stay healthy together, longer!

And by the way, taking care of us pets can lower you human’s risk of having a heart attack, too. Lovely!

I heart you, Buster

Photo Credit: piez

Read also: Healthy Hearts Part II – How To Tell If Your Dog Is Having A Heart Attack

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Dr. Janice Huntingford
Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan

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