Heart disease in dogs echoes that in humans


Veterinary cardiologists say dog owners should know heart disease is almost as prevalent in dogs as it is in humans.

Dr. Kevin Christiansen, a Kansas City, Mo., veterinarian with the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour, says about 11 percent of the nearly 75 million dogs in the United States have heart disease — and that figure increases to 60 percent among older dogs and some breeds — but most dog owners are unaware their dog may be at risk of heart failure.

“Early diagnosis and treatment of heart failure can significantly prolong and improve the quality of a dog’s life,” Christiansen says in a statement. “By emphasizing the importance of annual veterinary examinations and early diagnosis of heart disease, we hope to help more dogs live longer and better lives.”

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