As the number of animals in US families has grown, so has the number of dogs and cats with grave cardiac issues.
Relatively new to veterinary circles is the field of veterinary cardiology, charged with treating heart conditions in dogs and cats. When a veterinarian suspects heart-related issues, you might be sent to a cat or dog cardiologist for additional diagnostic testing.
The science of canine cardiology has made a number of advances recently, developing solutions for a variety of cardiac conditions in canines such as dog heart murmur.
Cat problems, including feline arterial thromboembolism, are also under investigation and solutions are underway.
How do cardiac problems surface in dogs and cats? And what can pet owners do stop these diseases?
Studies indicate that while quite a few of these problems appear to have a foundation in genes, there are steps to be taken to prevent cardiac problems in our dog and cat companions. First, make sure your pet is not gaining weight. The more your pet weighs, the more the cardiac system has to strain. The added strain of that added weight might cause problems. Adequate activity is also important to maintain heart health. A schedule for playtime and walking are good for both dogs and cats.
Scheduled veterinary appointments are another option to make sure your dog or cat maintains good health. In addition ask about regular shots with your vet to protect against common conditions that can also affect heart function.