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Like with us humans, our furry family members can be susceptible to developing all kinds of heart problems throughout their life. The good news is that through regular check-ups (at least once or twice per year) these issues can be detected, diagnosed and proper treatment can be prescribed so your pet’s quality of life is as high as possible despite their condition. These problems are usually diagnosed through X-rays, ultrasounds and blood tests. To learn more about our cardiology services for pets, please contact us at 519-307-2510.

What are the symptoms of heart disease in pets?

Although each pet is different, there are some common symptoms that you can watch out for. These include sudden weight loss, persistent coughing, laboured breathing, decreased energy and fainting. Remember, these warning signs can also be caused by other health conditions aside from heart problems, so it is important to reach out to us right away once you notice them.

How are cardiac problems or health conditions in pets treated?

It really depends on your pet’s specific case, age and lifestyle. Some of the most popular ways to treat cardiac health issues in pets include low sodium diet to reduce fluid build-up, medications to correct irregular heartbeats/ reduce lung fluid, as well as surgery to repair torn valves or to insert a pacemaker.

What causes heart cardiac problems in pets?

Heart problems can be caused by genetics (e.g. your pet is born with it), age (e.g. some pets can develop leaky heart valves in their golden years) or as a cause of certain lifestyle factors (e.g. overweight pets are more likely to develop problems).

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