Canine 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 FactorPoints
High Risk Breed (see chart below)10
Over 6 years old5
Excessive Panting4
Labored Breathing3
Tires Easily1
Reduced Appetite1
Loss of Appetite1

Heart Risk Assessment Score


Canine CardioCare

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 HoundBeagleBelgian Malinois
Belgian TervurenBernese Mountain DogBichon Frise
BloodhoundBouvier Des FlandresBoxer
Cavalier King Charles SpanielChihuahuaChinese Shar-Pei
CollieCoton De TulearDachshund
Doberman PinscherDogue De BordeauxGerman Shepherd
German Shorthaired PointerGolden RetrieverGreat Dane
Great PyreneesGreater Swiss Mountain DogHavanese
Japanese ChinLabrador RetrieverMaltese
MastiffMiniature SchnauzerNewfoundland
PapillionPembroke Welsh CorgiPetit Basset Griffons Vendeen
PomeranianPoodleRhodesian Ridgeback
RottweilerSaint BernardSaluki
Shetland SheepdogShih TzuSiberian Husky
WeimaranerWest Highland WhiteWhippet

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