Dogs and cats alike can experience heart conditions at some point in their life, either due to a congenital issue or disease. Montgomery Veterinary Associates has skilled veterinarians who are able to provide pet cardiology services to diagnose, monitor, and treat various heart conditions.
Because heart disease can be life-threatening, early detection and diagnosis is essential to providing timely treatment and giving your pet the best chance at a healthier and longer life.
Reach out to us to schedule an exam and cardiac evaluation for your pet.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a broad term that encompasses any condition that impedes the proper function of the heart. This can be an issue of the valves, the blood vessels, and other structural abnormalities.
Often, heart disease can result in a condition known as congestive heart failure. When the heart can’t pump blood normally, fluid builds up inside and outside the lungs, and even occasionally around the abdomen. Heartworm disease, heart arrhythmias, and valvular disease can also result in congestive heart failure.
Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats
Your pet might have a heart condition if they exhibit any of the following signs. When in doubt, contact our Vaughn Road or Carter Hill veterinarians to schedule an exam.
- Loss of appetite
- Rapid breathing
- Labored breathing
- Coughing frequently
- Weak/easily tired
To check your pet for any heart issues, we’ll start with a physical examination and potentially perform X-rays, electrocardiograms, and even ultrasounds to make the best diagnosis.