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Things to look out for

Symptoms of heart disease can be quite variable. A very common way owners find out, is that their vet hears a "murmur" during a routine examination.

Murmurs are caused by the turbulent flow of blood in the heart or nearby vessels.

A murmur does not mean your pet needs treatment immediately!

Your vet will advise you what is required to determine if this is a symptom you need to worry about.

Some common symptoms in dogs:
  • Coughing (particularly at night)
  • Loss of energy or increasing tiredness
  • Breathing hard
  • A big tummy
Some common symptoms in cats:
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of energy or increasing tiredness
  • Breathing hard

Sadly some of the worst cases of feline heart disease we have seen have been symptom free, middle aged, healthy cats.