How to Tell if a Puppy Has Heart Problems

Save

Sometimes, despite the best care possible, a puppy can develop a serious health problem. One such problem that is nearly impossible to foresee is heart disease. If your puppy has heart disease, you can often treat it in a way that lets your new dog live a happy, healthy life, but you must catch it early before your little dog gets too sick to recover. While heart disease is hard to predict, once it creates a problem it is fairly easy to diagnose. If you suspect your puppy has heart problems, take him to a vet immediately to start a treatment plan.

Things You'll Need

  • Journal
  • Note a lack of interaction. If your puppy usually sticks close to you, is eager for attention and is generally willing to play, it will be obvious when she is not feeling well, because these behaviors will lessen or stop altogether. If you own a more standoffish breed, this disinterest can be harder to spot, so you may need to keep a journal of your puppy's behavior so you can pinpoint odd actions. Generally, a disinterest in playing or interaction indicates that your puppy feels tired, and a puppy that is tired all the time is not fully healthy.

  • Check for irritability. Dogs often become irritable when they do not feel well. Most puppies are pretty good-natured and respond in a laid-back manner to being awakened, carted around or taken outside for walks. If your puppy becomes snappish and unpleasant, this is a good sign that something is awry.

  • Watch your puppy when he is playing. If he suddenly stops without warning and collapses, as if from exhaustion, he may be experiencing some pain or other problem with his heart. This can be a little harder to identify because puppies play hard and rest equally hard, but if you have any doubts, you should take your dog to the vet immediately.

  • Determine how she tires out. If your puppy always tires abruptly, this can signal a problem. While puppies often wear out and take power naps without warning, if your dog always goes from active to dead tired in seconds, this can be a serious indication of heart problems.

  • Work with a vet to identify the problem. If you have any concerns about your puppy's health and heart, you should take him to the vet immediately. The vet can quickly determine if your puppy is experiencing heart problems or is just a normal, active animal.

Related Searches

  • Photo Credit http://www.thenothingblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/image001.jpg, http://vonknopfdanes.com/myPictures/4.jpg
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • About Coughing & Heart Problems

    Coughing can be a sign of the common cold, a lingering respiratory infection or a symptom of heart disease. Understanding the reasons...

  • Development of a Labrador Puppy

    Labrador retrievers need plenty of exercise and are a great breed for an active family. The development of a Labrador retriever puppy...

  • Lab Puppy Growth

    The family-friendly Labrador retriever is great with children and loves to play. Labs are a fast-growing breed and need proper nutrition to...

  • How to Stop Feeling Tired All The Time

    When you feel tired all the time, it can be hard to function. In fact, if you are feeling tired pretty much...

  • Foods to Avoid When Feeling Tired All the Time

    In today's busy world more people feel tired all the time. They may blame this on less sleep time and more time...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make an Elevated Dog Feeder

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!