Which Pets Are Most at Risk for Heart Conditions?
Certain breeds are more susceptible than others to heart conditions at an earlier age, but any dog or cat can develop changes that naturally occur with age. With congenital heart conditions, genetics are mostly to blame. Inherited cardiac issues affect both small and large dog breeds.
Seven canine breeds more likely to be impacted by genetic conditions include:
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
- Miniature and Toy Poodles
- Golden Retrievers
- Miniature Schnauzers
A full 50% of Cavaliers have detectable heart issues by age 5. Dobermans, especially males, should be screened twice yearly starting at age 4 for heart conditions.
All of the breeds in the above list should be monitored closely for changes starting at an early age.
Several breeds of cats are also genetically predisposed to heart conditions:
- Maine Coon
- American Shorthair
- British Shorthair
As you can see from this list of predisposed cat breeds, it includes most kitties. That may be why more cats than dogs exhibit signs of heart conditions during their lifetimes.
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