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Being a major organ, any abnormalities in the heart can cause serious health issues for your pet. Regular veterinary checkups will identify any cardiac issues before they cause major problems. At our hospitals, we diagnose heart problems through ultrasounds and X-rays along with blood tests. Once we diagnose a condition, we provide treatment that can allow them to live a relatively normal life.

What causes cardiac problems in my pet?

Heart problems are usually caused by three factors in pets: age, lifestyle and genetics. If your pet is older they are more likely to develop leaky heart valves. Overweight pets also develop cardiac problems and some pets are born with certain conditions.

What are possible signs of heart problems in my pet?

The signs of cardiac issues may look different for each pet. Some general signs you should look for are:

  • Persistent cough
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Laboured breathing
  • Fainting
  • Less energy

    If these symptoms are left untreated they may cause other problems for your pet. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms give us a call.

    What treatments are available for cardiac problems in my pet?

    The treatment we prescribe for your cherished pet is dependent on their age, lifestyle and the specific illness. Some treatments we may recommend include:

    1. Dietary changes – a low sodium diet can reduce fluid buildup
    2. Surgery to insert a pacemaker or repair torn valves
    3. Medications to correct heartbeat patterns and reduce fluid in the lungs

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