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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