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Cardiology Services for Pets

Focusing on the diagnosis and management of heart disease in cats and dogs.

Heart problems are prevalent among pets, but it's possible to reduce the risk and severity of these issues. Detecting the condition in the early stages is the most effective approach to treating cardiac problems. Therefore, it's essential to schedule your pet for regular checkups at least once or twice a year. Our cardiology services are designed to diagnose and manage heart disease in your pets. If you suspect your furry friend has a cardiac health issue, please get in touch with us at 250-727-2125.

What causes cardiac problems in cats and dogs?

There are various factors that can contribute to cardiac problems in pets, such as age, breed, genetics, obesity, infections, and underlying health conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Some types of cardiac issues can also be congenital or present at birth. It is important to have regular checkups and screenings to detect any potential issues early on and manage them effectively.

What tests are done to diagnose heart disease in pets?

To diagnose heart disease in pets, a veterinarian will conduct physical exams and listen closely to their lungs. They may also use X-rays or an echocardiogram to check the size and function of the heart valves. These tools help identify defects, which lead to diagnosis. Depending on the diagnosis, the veterinarian may recommend surgical procedures, such as repairing valves or inserting a pacemaker, medications to correct heartbeats, or lifestyle changes that support proper heart function.

Is there a way to prevent heart disease?

Unfortunately, there is no official, guaranteed solution to prevent heart disease. However, some steps can be taken to ensure a healthy and long life, including:

  • Providing a healthy diet that contains Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Giving plenty of exercise to your dog
  • Scheduling regular veterinary checkups
  • Being aware of your pet's breed and any predisposition to heart disease.
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