Pet Cardiology Ins and Outs
Short Pump Animal Hospital in the Richmond area offers a plethora of pet cardiology treatments and solutions. Dr. Christine Morlino and Dr. Honora "Nonie" Reger are board-certified veterinarians who have extensive knowledge in veterinary medicine. Both are able to diagnose and treat pets with cardiology issues. If your furry friend's condition is serious, our vets may refer you to a pet cardiologist for more in-depth testing.
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Problems
- Coughing - If your animal is suffering from an undetected cardio-related complication, you may notice that he or she is coughing often. Although coughing could be something else entirely, it is always wise to have your veterinarian investigate further.
- Difficulty Breathing - A pet with shallow or labored breathing calls for an immediate trip to the vet.
- Abdominal Enlargement - If your companion animal’s belly swollen, there is something going on. Bring him or her to our animal hospital immediately.
- Passing Out or Seizures - There are many illnesses that may cause fainting or seizures. This is considered an emergency and requires medical attention.
Types of Heart Disease
- Degenerative mitral valve disease is most common among dogs. Frequently, signs of this condition are not noted until the sickness is in the advanced stages.
- Hypertrophy cardiomyopathy, seen most often in cats, presents with a loss of appetite, rapid breathing, paralysis in the hind end legs, and lethargic behavior.
- Just like people, animals can experience high blood pressure, and the complications that arise can be damaging.
- Cardiovascular disease can be genetic or it can be caused by certain circumstances, such as untreated heartworms or the lack of regular dental care. Preventatives, such as heartworm medication and regular dental cleanings, can eliminate circumstantial heart illness.
- All heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure. Once diagnosed, this can be difficult to overcome. However, as in all serious illnesses, proactive treatment is key to life extension.
The most important thing to remember is that a cardiology diagnosis is no longer an automatic death sentence. Innovations in treatments are growing every day and research is ongoing. Medications and treatments are available for your pet to live a long, comfortable life with a cardiology issue. Early detection is imperative for successful treatment plans, so routine exams are vital.