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Food & Home Entertaining|February 2018

At F&HE, our furry friends’ needs and nice-to-haves matter to us as much as those of our readers

Andrea Pafitis-Hill

Dr Jacques Visser — I.) a Joburg-based veterinary surgeon at Oaklands Vet (oaklandsvet.co.za) and co-presenter of Diem-dokters, a reality show on DStv's VIA (channel 147) — tells us why heart disease in cats and dogs is a vital part of a vet's daily role.

It is very rare for a canine or feline to have a heart attack like a human, as we never see blockage of the coronary artery by cholesterol in dogs and cats. There are cases of acute heart failure in animals that appear healthy, where the chordae (the "strings" keeping the valve in place) can rupture, resulting in critical heart failure, but this is not common.

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