Heart disease is typically detected by your primary care veterinarian; once diagnosed they would normally refer your pet to a Board Certified Cardiology Specialist. A collaborative treatment plan between the cardiology specialist and your primary care veterinarian can help insure longevity and greatly improved quality of life for your pet.
- Disruptions in the electrical activity of the heart
- Abnormalities in the structure (malformed heart valves, chambers or blood vessels)
- Change in the ability of the heart muscle to serve adequately as a pump
Symptoms of Disease:
- Abnormal heart sound (murmur)
- Abnormality in the electrical activity of the heart (arrhythmia)
- Pet is coughing, lacks energy, or has difficulty breathing
- Intolerance to exercise
- Swelling of legs
- Distended abdomen or belly
- Radiographic interpretation
- Color Doppler echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound)
- Cardiac Event Recording
These tests are non-painful, non-invasive and performed while the pet remains awake and the family by their side. These diagnostics give the cardiologist information regarding the structure and function of the heart. Once the condition is properly diagnosed, treatment can begin.
- Most veterinary cardiac patients are treated on an outpatient basis with medication.
- Most pets tolerate cardiac medications remarkably well with minimal to no side effects. Cardiologists utilize numerous human and veterinary licensed medications as well as nutraceutical and nutritional support in their treatment of heart disease.
- Treatment plans are individually tailored to your pet with the goal of enhancing their quality of life and longevity.