Symptoms of Canine or Feline Heart Problems
- Exercise intolerance
- Shortness of breath or apparent difficulty in breathing (due to fluid in the lungs or chest cavity)
- Fast breathing at rest (although don't confuse this with normal panting)
- Fainting spells
- Elevated heart rate
What Can Be Done if My Pet Has A Heart Problem?
Many of the same types of diagnostic tools and treatment options that are used to help keep human heart patients alive and healthy are also available to pets. For example, sophisticated diagnostic options (see box below) can help determine whether heart problems are present and, if so, assess their severity. Depending on your pet's particular problem, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, pacemaker implantation, and cardiac surgery to repair heart defects have all become relatively commonplace. In addition, many of the medications used in pets are similar to those that are also used in humans.
Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care. In other cases, your referral doctor may take over the majority of your pet's medical care. It depends on your pet's particular disease and condition.
Did You Know?
According to the AVMA, one out of every 10 dogs and cats has heart disease. Many pets with heart disease are asymptomatic.
If you suspect that your dog or cat has a heart problem, contact the veterinary cardiologists at VCA today.