Our hospital boasts veterinarians with a focus on cardiology. They utilize advanced techniques and equipment to assess heart function, identify abnormalities, and develop tailored treatment plans. These services are crucial for maintaining cardiac health, managing heart diseases, and improving the overall well-being of pets. Through cardiology services, veterinarians aim to provide comprehensive care and support for pets with heart-related issues, ensuring they lead happy and healthy lives. To book your furry companion in, call us at 705-692-4446.
Are certain breeds of dogs or cats more prone to heart disease?
Certain breeds of both cats and dogs are prone to specific heart conditions. Veterinarians can provide regular checks and specialized care to detect and manage these diseases. In dogs, larger breeds like Great Danes, Boxers, and Dobermans may develop cardiomyopathy, while Poodles and Pomeranians can be susceptible to valve disease. Cavaliers King Charles Spaniels are prone to heart murmurs.
Determining specific breeds in cats is challenging, but experts often check for a gene related to heart disease. Breeds such as Bengals, Maine Coons, and Ragdolls can be affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
What causes cardiac disease in dogs and cats?
Cats and dogs can develop heart problems in several ways. Genetic predisposition plays a role, as certain breeds may be more prone to specific heart conditions. Age also contributes, as degenerative changes over time can affect the heart's function. Congenital defects present at birth can lead to structural abnormalities. Infections, such as heartworm disease or bacterial endocarditis, can directly impact the heart. Additionally, lifestyle factors like obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise, and exposure to second-hand smoke can increase the risk. Other medical conditions like hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, or high blood pressure can have secondary effects on the heart. Identifying the underlying cause of cardiac disease in pets requires a thorough evaluation by a veterinarian or veterinary cardiologist to determine the most appropriate treatment and management strategies.
What does a cardiology exam for my cat or dog entail?
During a cardiology exam for your pet, the veterinarian will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of their heart health. The exam typically begins with a detailed history of your pet's health and any concerning symptoms you may have observed. The veterinarian will then proceed to perform a thorough physical examination, focusing on the heart and circulatory system. This includes listening to the heart sounds using a stethoscope to detect abnormal rhythms, murmurs, or irregularities. They may also check the pulse, assess blood pressure, and evaluate respiratory patterns.