In honor of American Heart Month, pet insurance company Trupanion releases top pet breeds affected by heart disease.
(Vocus) February 7, 2011 — February is American Heart Month and Trupanion, the nation’s fastest-growing pet insurance company, is reminding pet owners that heart disease doesn’t just affect humans – it affects pets as well. Today, the company released a list of pet breeds prone to heart disease, according to pet insurance claims received from Trupanion policyholders.
Here is the list of the pet breeds with the most number of heart-disease related claims, according to Trupanion:
- Doberman Pinscher
- Domestic Mediumhair cat
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Domestic Longhair cat
With three dogs and two cats in the top five, this condition doesn’t appear to be species-specific. Heart disease is an umbrella condition that includes cardiovascular disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, endocardiosis, valvular disease and stroke, among others.
Symptoms of heart disease include fluid retention, faster or slower heart rate, weakness, lethargy and weight loss. Treatment is varied for each condition, but could include hospitalization, diuretics, medication, and a special diet.
Trupanion pet insurance covers 90% of all diagnostic testing, treatments, and medications associated with these conditions.