As mother was reading us the papers this morning, she came across a link that brought a flutter to all of our hearts. Turns out, our hearts are exactly the same as humans – “a four-chambered pump made of muscle.” Perhaps this helps explains the bond we have with one another. We are all but the same. Our hearts just beat faster.
Together, we should take care of one another’s hearts by exercising and eating well. YourDogsHeart.com gives some wise “Heart Health Tips,” especially for breeds that are prone to heart conditions:
- Diet – A healthy diet is good for your dog’s heart just as it is good for our own hearts. Your dog’s diet needs to be well-balanced and made up of high-quality ingredients. Talk to your vet about your dog’s diet. They can help you choose the right pet food and recommend how much and how often you should feed your dog.
- Exercise – Regular exercise will keep you and your dog in great shape. Your dog’s exercise requirements will differ according to size, breed, age, and health. Talk to your vet about your dog’s exercise requirements.
- Routine Checkups – Take your dog to the vet at least once a year for an annual checkup. (Remember, once yearly for your dog is about once every 5–7 in “people years.”) While you’re there, take the opportunity to ask plenty of questions and get some advice on how to keep your dog and your dog’s heart healthy.
- Following are 7 tips for protecting your dog’s heart:
- Keep an eye on your dogs as they age.
- Maintain proper body weight for your dog. Being overweight makes the heart work harder.
- Exercise your dog regularly.
- Watch for the signs of heart disease.
- Know your breed. Some are more prone to heart disease.
- If your veterinarian hears a murmur, ask about heart disease.
- Take your dog in for a checkup at least annually.
In our case, we don’t eat commercial dog food, and instead eat a variety of proteins and vegetables with added supplements. Carbs aren’t good for Lady’s elbow dysplasia. Even though we are the same breed and only one year apart, we have different exercise requirements. Happy is stronger and enjoys more exercise than Lady, who keeps trim with less robust activity that is kinder to her joints.
Our hearts beat as one, so let’s eat well and exercise together.
Remember, dogs are people, too!
Your faithful Cavaliers,
Happy & Lady Randolph