It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our sweet
boy, Bosch. Bosch never met a stranger and always would
somehow knew exactly what you needed rather that be a
huge sloppy kiss or just the warmth and compassion of a
loyal friend. We will never know one as sweet and giving
"I love you to the moon
and back sweet boy, but I will miss you to the moon and
back a million times."
Heart Disease Awareness.
At the young age of 7, Bosch was
diagnosed with heart disease. Heart disease is common in
dogs and can be congenital or acquired. Congenital heart
disease is present at birth as to where acquired heart
disease occurs most often because of wear and tear on
the heart structures or also as a result of injury or
Acquired canine heart disease
can take many forms:
Valvular disease, Myocardial diseases, Cardiac arrhythmias are abnormal heart beats or
heart rhythms,Pericardial disease, Injuries to the heart and infections of the
heart (such as heartworm infection or parvovirus
infection) can also cause acquired heart disease.
Many of these heart diseases cause similar symptoms.
Proper diagnosis by your vet is necessary to
treat any canine heart disease.
Symptoms of Heart Disease.
Dogs with heart disease may be asymptomatic (free of
any signs of illness) if the heart disease is mild
enough to allow the heart and the rest of the body to
compensate for the disease. However, if the heart
disease is severe enough that the heart cannot
compensate for the disease, heart failure will occur and
will lead to signs of heart failure.
The types of signs seen in heart failure will vary
depending on how severe the disease is and which side of
the heart is affected. However, the signs most commonly
encountered with heart failure include:
- Coughing (usually the first
- generalized weakness
- tiring easily
- lack of appetite
- weight loss
- breathing heavily
- swelling in the legs
- a bloated, fluid-filled
- increased heart rate
- weak pulse
A bluish coloration of the gums may occur if blood
circulation is poor and is an indication of inadequate
amounts of oxygen reaching the body.
Other signs that may occur with heart failure include
vomiting, diarrhea or constipation as a result of poor
blood circulation reaching the liver and intestines.
Heart diseases that cause arrhythmias (irregular
heart beats) may cause fainting episodes.
The best way to prevent
non-congenital heart disease in dogs is to keep them on
a well-balanced diet, maintain a regular weight and
offer regular, moderate exercise. The symptoms of heart
disease can often be lowered with medication, but once
diagnosed, the disease itself is almost always fatal.