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  • Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
    Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
  • Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
    Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
  • Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
    Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
  • Up to one in six cats have heart disease.
    Up to one in six cats have heart disease.

For Breeders

Some breeds of animals are known to be at higher risk of heart disease.  If you are intending to breed your animal, and it is a breed for which cardiac disease is known or suspected to be inherited, you should have your animal screened for heart problems prior to breeding.  Some common breeds at risk are: Maine coon cats, Ragdoll cats, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Doberman pinschers and boxer dogs.  Other breeds can also be at higher risk.