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Archive for December 11th, 2012

Keeping your dog’s heart healthy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

 

 

 

We need good habits to stay healthy. This also is true for our pets.  Here are some tips that can keep your dog healthy and in shape.

  • Exercise – Dogs need regular exercise regardless of their size or age. Even older dogs need daily exercise to stay healthy, even if it’s just a few brisk walks per day. Exercise routines differ between size, breeds and age. Talk to your vet to find out what kind of exercise is best for your dog.
  • Diet –  A healthy diet is good for your dog’s heart as well as our own hearts.  Your dogs diet needs to be well balance  with high quality ingredients. Again, I recommend that you talk to your vet about which brand would be best for your dog and the amount to feed him.
  • Routine Checkups – Take your dog to the vet at least once a year for an annual checkup. Ask plenty of questions while you’re  there.

Seven tips for protecting your dogs heart.

  1. Keep an eye on your dog as they age. Check his energy levels and get any cough checked out.
  2. Make sure your dog maintains the proper body weight.
  3. Exercise your dog regularly.
  4. Watch for signs of heart disease.
  5. Some breeds may be more prone to heart disease. Know whether or not your breed is prone to heart disease.
  6. If your veterinarian hears a murmur, ask about heart disease.
  7. As mentioned above, take your dog for regular checkups.

Remember, your pets count!