Pets can have heart disease too. Heart diseases in pets include congenital heart diseases (from birth), cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle), valvular heart disease (disease of the heart valves) and, just like in humans, congestive heart failure. Our cardiologist can successfully manage your pet’s heart disease at Animal Emergency & Critical Care.
Our veterinary cardiologist has an interest and expertise entirely dedicated to the heart and vascular diseases, their prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and is up-to-date with the latest treatment options and veterinary research.
Recognize the Signs of Heart Disease in Pets
Pets with heart disease can have clinical signs that pet owners may not think are related to the heart. Coughing, lack of appetite, exercise intolerance, general malaise, or fainting spells are all common clinical signs of heart disease. Additionally, your veterinarian may have seen signs of heart disease in your pet during their wellness exam and diagnosed your pet with heart disease. Heart murmurs, irregular rhythm, or abnormal heart rate are diseases which are often diagnosed by family veterinarians during a pet’s wellness exam. Many heart abnormalities are secondary to other medical conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) in cats.
Cardiology Care at Animal Emergency & Critical Care
You and your pet will meet with our cardiologist to discuss your pet’s health and medical history. Once you and our cardiologist develop a diagnostic plan for your pet, our cardiology team will begin the approved diagnostics and/or treatment plan. We will continue to work with you and your family veterinarian offering follow-up care, additional testing and medical advice.