Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pulmonary Hypertension in Dogs

What is pulmonary hypertension?

A dog with pulmonary hypertension suffer from high pressure in the pulmonary artery. Pulmonary hypertension is also known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This problem can be caused by various underlying health problems, including lung tromboembolism and heartworm disease. Pulmonary hypertension should always be evaluated by a veterinarian as this could cause the right side of heart disease and a symptom of a serious health problem that needs to be treated.

Pulmonary hypertension symptoms in dogs

A dog with pulmonary hypertension can develop exercise tolerance, shortness of breath and cyanosis. Cyanosis due to the excessive amount of blood is not enough oxygen in the circulatory system of dogs. In dogs with cyanosis, gums, tongue, lips and other areas of the skin or mucous membranes where the blood vessels near the surface will become purplish or bluish. Sometimes also be possible to see the color purplish / bluish from foot pads.

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