Heart Disease

Is your dog or cat at risk for heart disease? Approximately 15% of dogs are at risk, and feline heart disease has always been a difficult thing to diagnose until now.


Assess your dog's risk factors by calculating the score on the chart below, and check out our new blood test for determining heart disease.


Risk Factor Points
High Risk Breed (see chart below)10
Over 6 years old 5
Cough 5
Excessive Panting 4
Labored Breathing 3
Tires Easily 1
Reduced Appetite 1
Loss of Appetite 1

Heart Risk Assessment Score




Canine CardioCare is a simple blood test to detect heart disease and heart failure in dogs. In conjunction with a veterinary exam, Canine CardioCare is useful in identifying heart disease in both symptomatic and asymptomatic dogs.


Canine CardioCare is less stressful on the pet and less expensive for the owner than x-ray and/or echocardiogram.


The test detects canine NT-proBNP. NT-proBNP is secreted by the heart as a result of heart disease with levels significantly elevated during heart failure.


Many dogs with heart disease compensate for the hearts inability to function properly and show no symptoms. Canine CardioCare is intended to be used to identify dogs at an earlier disease stage that need to be referred for a cardiac work-up to include an echocardiogram performed by a cardiologist.


Fast Facts about heart disease:


  • Eleven percent of dogs have heart disease
  • Ninety-five percent of all heart disease is acquired (develops over time)
  • Signs of heart disease may be nondescript, such as coughing, tiring easily, and panting

The following breeds are at increased risk of heart disease:


Bassett Hound Beagle Belgian Malinois
Belgian Tervuren Bernese Mountain Dog Bichon Frise
Bloodhound Bouvier Des Flandres Boxer
Brittany Bulldog Bullmastiff
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Chihuahua Chinese Shar-Pei
Collie Coton De Tulear Dachshund
Doberman Pinscher Dogue De Bordeaux German Shepherd
German Shorthaired Pointer Golden Retriever Great Dane
Great Pyrenees Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Havanese
Japanese Chin Labrador Retriever Maltese
Mastiff Miniature Schnauzer Newfoundland
Papillion Pembroke Welsh Corgi Petit Basset Griffons Vendeen
Pomeranian Poodle Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rottweiler Saint Bernard Saluki
Shetland Sheepdog Shih Tzu Siberian Husky
Spaniel Terrier Vizsla
Weimaraner West Highland White Whippet