The Argentine Dog (Dogo Argentino) and Heart Problems: Prediction, Detection and Treatment

Dog owner question

"Hi! My Argentine Dog (Dogo Argentino), Max, recently turned 6 years old and I noticed that he is getting tired faster and is not as active as he used to be. I have heard that this breed is prone to heart problems. What should I watch out for?"

Veterinarian's reply

"Hi! You are very correct to ask questions about Max's health, especially since Argentine Dogs have a genetic predisposition to certain heart problems.

One of the most common of these heart problems is aortic stenosis, a congenital disorder that causes a narrowing of the aortic blood supply to the heart.

This causes the heart to have to work harder to distribute blood throughout the body, which can lead to heart disease over time.

Max's symptoms, such as faster fatigue and reduced activity, are a cause for concern!

Other symptoms may include shortness of breath, coughing, loss of appetite, weakness or fainting. If you notice any of these symptoms, take Max to the vet immediately!

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The vet will probably recommend an echocardiogram to check for any constriction or other heart problems. Other tests may also be necessary, such as X-rays, ECG and blood tests.

If Max is diagnosed with heart disease, the vet will probably recommend medication to treat the symptoms and reduce the strain on the heart. In addition, changes to Max's lifestyle may be necessary, such as reducing exercise, changing diet and minimising stress.

It's important to keep a close eye on Max's behaviour and health, and if you notice any worrying symptoms, take him to the vet immediately.

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Heart disease can be serious, but if detected and treated early, dogs can live long and happy lives.

I wish Max the best of luck and good health!"