Cardiology (Heart)

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Heart problems can affect pets of any age, although more commonly found in older pets. Heart disease can be a life-threatening condition, but an early diagnosis and treatment plan can help extend your pet’s life. Some forms of heart disease can be cured, if caught early enough.
Heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure, which occurs when the heart is unable to pump adequate amounts of blood, causing an increase in fluid to accumulate in and around the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen. Congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease, arrhythmias, and heartworm disease can all lead to congestive heart failure.
Many heart problems can be discovered upon a physical exam. Additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram, radiographs, and ultrasounds are often needed to correctly identify the cause of the heart disease or failure.
If you notice your pet starts breathing rapidly or coughing, loses his or her appetite, tires easily, seems weak, or has trouble exercising, call us to schedule an appointment.