Heart problems are common in pets, but there are ways to minimize the risk and fatality of those issues. The most successful way to treat cardiac health issues is to detect the condition early on. Therefore, having your pet checked at least once or twice a year is important. With regular checkups, our cardiology services (provided by a mobile cardiologist) are designed to focus on diagnosing and managing heart disease in pets. If you are concerned your pet has a cardiac health problem, please get in touch with us at 416-537-9677.
What causes cardiac diseases in my pet?
There's no single cause of heart disease. Many factors can play a role, such as aging, obesity, breed, and nutrition.
How can I detect heart disease in my pet?
Some common symptoms that your pet might have heart disease include:
- Coughing and difficulty breathing
- Rapid tiring or fatigue
- Weakness and/or fainting
- Bloating/swelling of the abdomen caused by fluid build-up
- Sudden onset of back leg weakness or paralysis
Is there a way to prevent heart disease?
There is no fail-safe way to prevent heart disease, but you can take steps to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy life:
- Feed a healthy diet and include Omega-3 fatty acids
- Provide lots of physical exercise
- Schedule frequent veterinary exams
- Know your breed – are they prone to heart disease?
What treatments are available for cardiac problems?
Treatments for heart disease are dependent on your pet's specific case and how soon it was detected. In most cases, medications and supplements may be the main treatments we recommend, but the condition can also be managed through dietary adjustments or surgical intervention.