The Curly Haired Retriever and heart disease: how to prevent and treat?

Dog owner question

"Hi! My CurlyCoated Retriever, Lola, coughs occasionally and seems to be breathing more heavily. I have heard that retrievers can be prone to heart problems. What do you know about this?”

Veterinarian's answer

"Hi! I am so sorry to hear that Lola is feeling unwell. Some individuals in curly-haired retrievers may indeed be prone to heart problems, including heart failure and heart valve disease.

Coughing and shortness of breath can be common symptoms of these conditions, so it is important to get Lola medical attention as soon as possible!

Heart disease can often be hereditary in dogs, so responsible breeding practices, including screening parents for heart disease, can help reduce the risk of disease. If Lola is diagnosed with heart disease, treatment can be aimed at relieving symptoms and improving quality of life.

Treatment options may include medication, such as diuretics, heart medicines and blood pressure medications, and dietary changes, such as a heart-healthy diet.

In severe cases, surgery may also be an option.

Last but not least, it is important that Lola has regular veterinary check-ups to detect signs of heart disease early.

The vet can check Lola's heart and lungs regularly and recommend additional tests if necessary.

Please contact your vet for further examination and treatment of Lola. I hope this has helped you understand the situation!"

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