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The “myocardial infarction,” or heart attack occurs when blood is blocked from reaching the heart muscle (myocardium). Underlying medical factors, Genetic predisposition, and abnormalities of the heart can increase the dog’s risk of having a heart attack, & it is related to coronary artery disease.
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs
A myocardium is a muscular tissue of the heart which receives nutrients and oxygen from the coronary arteries, & the coronary arteries are small blood vessels in the myocardium & it brings blood from the main artery of the body which is known as the aorta. Heart disease can often lead to congestive heart failure, & your dog may have trouble pumping blood.
Heart Disease in Dogs
Cardiovascular diseases which include heart muscle degeneration or primary myocardial, vascular disease, heart tumors, necrosis, hypertrophy, fibrosis cardiac, valvular/congenital anomalies and cardiomyopathies may lead to sudden death.
Heart diseases in dogs are as common as it is in human. Also, a very common form of this disease is valvular disease, & it usually affects small breed dogs over six years of age.
A tragic, unexpected loss of your dog can be very painful & most of us don’t think of our dogs suddenly dying without any warning. If you are a dog owner, then you should understand and identify the symptoms of the attack when it’s underway, to deal with dog’s suffering from a heart attack.
- According to Purdue University, they noticed 9 out of 112 dogs were found dead from unobserved trauma.
- Infections and obstructions in urinary system can also be associated with it.
- Nephrotic syndrome, Tumor(s), Atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.
There are several symptoms of it
- Your dog will feel weak and have difficulties in breathing.
- Unusual coughing during or after exercise or a few hours before bedtime
- Dogs who suffer from these diseases are more likely to have weird type of lameness
- Obesity (sudden excess of body fat) with low-grade fever are also the symptoms of it.
If you take your dog to the vet, they will want to know any symptoms that you have noticed. Depending on the situation, they may take a test of blood and urine to check for any other problem which could be affecting dog’s, heart. They may also take a test of ultrasound, X-rays, and EKG.
After the diagnosis, your vet may recommend you some medications to slow fluid build-up in the lungs, or to help the heart work and correct irregular heartbeats. If the medications don’t seem to be effective, then they will recommend surgery to correct a torn valve.
If your dog collapses, try to place a hand on his chest and determine if the heart is very slow or racing. Write down your observations and the time, & tell your vet about it.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.