If your fur-baby is coughing frequently, has loss of appetite and easily tires during play time, he may have a heart condition. There are many heart conditions that can effect Bullies, the most common being Pulmonic Stenosis. The severity can range from mild to severe.
Pulmonic Stenosis, refers to the construction of the pulmonic heart valve, specifically where the blood passes on its way from the heart to the lungs. It causes a restriction of blood flow and can also be accompanied by heart defects. If your fur-kid has Pulmonic Stenosis, they may experience symptoms such as fainting spell, fluid accumulation in their belly, easily becoming tired and a bluish color to their gums. If you fur-kid is exhibiting any of these symptoms, contact a veterinarian immediately. While mild cases of Pulmonic Stenosis may not require much treatment, severe cases can require surgery and medication.
Heartworm Disease is caused by a parasite that lives in blood vessels in the heart and lungs and causes damage. A simple bite from an infected mosquito can give your fur-kid heartworm disease. Special testing conducted by a licensed veterinarian will determine if your pup has heartworm disease. Since signs are barely detectable until the condition worsens, pet parents may feel like the symptoms occurred over night. Heartworm disease may cause a combination of problems with the kidneys, liver, heart and lungs. Once your fur-kid is properly diagnosed, the veterinarian will discuss treatments that are best suited for your fur-kid’s condition. In addition, preventative measures will be discussed as well.
Many pet parents become aware that a problem is present when they notice their fur-kid coughing frequently. Heart disease can affect the left side or right side of the heart. When the left side is affected the lungs fill with water, causing persistent coughing to be present. When the right side of the heart is affected it causes fluid build-up in the limbs, liver and most noticeably the abdominal cavity. There are a wide range of symptoms such as generalized weakness, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate, weak pulse, swelling, heavy breathing, coughing, weight loss, lack of appetite, depression and tiring easily. Pet parents are encouraged to take their fur-kid’s to the veterinarian or local animal hospital immediately upon first signs of symptoms.
Heart problems are not noticeable in physical appearance until symptoms appear. Usually by the time symptoms are being exhibited your pup has already had the condition for some time. Pet parents should do their best to make appointments for regular veterinarian office visits and check-ups to help catch the disease in its early stages.
It is also essential that pet parents keep a close eye on any changes in their fur-kids physical health, appearance and emotional state. Bullies will show signs of emotional distress when they are feeling sick. They may become very depressed or frequently seek a den area to cuddle up in hopes to comfort themselves. Medical attention is highly recommended for all heart problems.