Heart diseases - an overview

Red: (very) frequent, typical
Blue: occasionally, regularly
Green: rarely(er)

Possible secondary

symptoms and diseases


  • Weight loss, underweight
  • Loss of appetite
  • In light-colored animals, the ears turn red during physical exertion
  • Animal lies down more often than "normal
  • Growth disturbances in young animals
  • Conspicuous breathing: breathing frequency too fast or too slow, flank breathing
  • Limited physical endurance, faster or more frequent exhaustion e.g. during/after free run time
  • Animal props itself up
  • Behavioral abnormalities such as inexplicable aggression towards the owner or/ and partner animal(s), apathy or short-term hyperactivity, sometimes alternating phases between all the behaviors; change of character
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Regurgitation, diarrhea, constipation
  • Seizures
  • Dental problems: tooth roots too long, occlusal surfaces too long, inclined teeth, incisors too light, tooth substance damage, etc. (due to too little or selective feed intake)
  • Congenital
  • Result of untreated inflammation and other diseases
  • Age-related
  • Thorough heart listening
  • X-rays of the jaw
  • Ultrasound if necessary
Depending on the severity:
  • Herbal heart medication (e.g. Cardio Liquid) or/ and
  • conventional medicine (Pimobendan, ACE inhibitors)
  • In case of water in lungs additionally:
  • Diuretic (e.g. Furosemide)
  • Feeding with pup for rodents if necessary
  • In case of digestive disorders: Depending on the problem, among others, Colosan, Simeticon, cdVet Darm rein etc.
  • For more details see under: Digestive tract disorders → Therapy
  • For deficiencies: Feed supplements e.g. cdVet MicroMineral