Keeping Pets’ Hearts Healthy
Our pets share many health conditions in common with us, and heart disease is one of them. Heart disease is a common condition among cats and dogs, especially when they reach their senior years. That is why we recommend annual wellness exams (bi-annual for senior pets) to help us catch any subtle abnormalities or changes that could indicate something more serious.
We are equipped to diagnose and manage various heart conditions in pets here at our animal hospital in Annandale, including congestive heart failure, dilated cardiomyopathy, and more. Our veterinarians can provide you with a viable treatment plan and all the information you need about your pet’s lifestyle to keep their heart healthy.
Tools for Detecting Heart Conditions
After a complete physical exam, we may proceed with one or more of the following services to examine your pet’s heart in further detail and make a proper diagnosis:
Digital X-rays Provides us with an image of the size and shape of your pet’s heart
Electrocardiography (EKG) Monitors the electrical impulses and rhythm of your pet’s heart
Ultrasound Produces is a real-time image of the texture and function of the heart
Doppler blood pressure machine Measures your pet’s blood pressure
Symptoms of Heart Problems in Pets
Heart conditions can make themselves known via a variety of symptoms, including:
- Labored breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in behavior
- Reduced activity
If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, let us know right away or bring them up for discussion during their wellness visit. If your pet has a heart condition, it will be easier for us to treat if we catch it early.
Common Heart Conditions in Pets
Some of the most common heart conditions that affect our four-legged friends include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Feline cardiomyopathy
- Chronic valvular disease
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
We have the capabilities and experience to diagnose and treat all of these conditions and more. We will take the time needed to explain these procedures to you, so you understand the process, and are happy to answer any questions you have regarding your pet’s well-being.
Proper diet, exercise, and heartworm prevention medication can all go a long way towards preventing heart conditions later in your pet’s life. We are always glad to discuss your pet’s nutrition and exercise requirements during your visit to our hospital in Annandale and can make recommendations tailored to their personal needs. We encourage you to call us if you have any concerns and feel your pet would benefit from our cardiology services.