How to Keep Your Adult or Mature Dog’s Heart Healthy
How to Keep Your Adult or Mature Dog’s Heart Healthy

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How to Keep Your Adult or Mature Dog’s Heart Healthy

About 10% of all dogs develop some form of heart disease during their lifetime, and that risk increases with their age. We know you want to keep their heart healthy because they keep your heart happy. Here are some ways you can help your dog’s ticker stay in tip-top shape.

 

 

Feed a healthy diet.

A healthy diet affects every part of your dog’s body, including their big loyal heart. Being overweight makes the heart work harder, so make sure they eat a healthy, nutritious diet every day. And keep those treats to a minimum — no matter how much they beg.

 

 

Make sure they get regular exercise.

Dogs dig cardio, and it’ll do your heart good, too. Whether you both prefer fetch, running, walks, surfing, whatever ... it’s all good as long as it gets your dog’s heart pumping.

 

 

Be a heartworm-hater.

Heartworms are nasty — and sometimes deadly — parasites that infect dogs through mosquito bites. Like their name suggests, they live and breed in a dog’s heart, lungs and blood vessels. Fortunately, there are a number of preventive medications your dog can take to keep them safe. Check with your vet for options that work best for you and your pup.

 

 

Brush your dog’s teeth.

Plaque, tartar and bacteria in your dog’s mouth can get into their bloodstream and cause heart issues. Brushing their teeth and giving occasional dental treats can help keep their smiles bright and hearts healthy.

 

 

Know the dog breeds most susceptible to heart disease.

Some breeds, such as Chihuahuas, miniature and toy poodles, boxers, English bulldogs and Great Danes, are more prone to heart disease. If your pet is one of these breeds, keep a watchful eye out for the signs of heart issues, and talk to your vet about possible preventive measures you can take.

 

 

Know the signs of heart disease in dogs.

Some symptoms of heart disease in dogs include:

  • Frequent coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of energy
  • Tiring easily or not wanting to play or go for walks
  • Changes in weight
  • Trouble sleeping
  • A swollen abdomen

However, these symptoms could be indicative of many health issues, so you should consult your vet to be sure.

 

 

Go to regular vet checkups.

One dog year is about five to seven people years, and a lot can happen in that time. Regular vet visits, especially for older dogs, can help identify problems early on so you can start treating them sooner.

 

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    Small dog eating lamb and rice recipe dog food from bowl

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    The Top 3 Things That Make Lamb & Rice Recipe Dog Food Great

    There are a number of reasons lamb-first dog food like IAMS™ Large Breed Lamb & Rice Recipe and IAMS™ Minichunks Lamb & Rice Recipe could be a great choice for your dog. Here are our top three.

     

     

    1. It's packed with high-quality complete protein and essential amino acids.

    Protein in dog food plays a critical role in the creation, healing, and maintenance of muscles and helps support your dog's immune system. Unlike plant-based proteins, animal-based protein also contains essential amino acids to help them achieve optimal health. That's why proteins like lamb are known as "complete proteins."

     

     

    2. It has the right amount of fatty acids.

    Lamb, like other meat sources, provides dietary fats, which serve as a source of energy and help transport essential fat-soluble vitamins to be digested and appropriately utilized. They're also needed to support your dog's growth and overall health.

     

    Healthy dogs enjoy lamb and rice recipe dog foods that produce more energy

     

    3. It tastes great!

    Your dog needs specific nutrients, but sometimes it's really all about the taste, especially if you have a picky eater on your hands. Since lamb-first recipes still have all the nutrients your dog needs, they're delicious alternatives to chicken-first dog foods.

     

    Packed with protein, fatty acids, and other nutrients that help keep dogs happy, healthy, and ready for anything, it's no wonder pet parents are choosing IAMS™. And with that crave-worthy meaty flavor even picky eaters will gobble down, it's no surprise dogs are excited to make the switch to Lamb & Rice Recipe dog food. That leaves us with just one question: What's not to love?

     

    Want to chat with an expert about the benefits of our Lamb & Rice Dog Food Recipes? Chat with our Pet Parent Partners by clicking the chat icon at the bottom of your screen.

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