As the number of animals in US households has grown, so has the number of canines and felines with grave cardiac issues.
Relatively new to veterinary circles is the veterinary cardiologist, responsible for diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions in canines and felines. When your veterinarian suspects a heart condition, you may be sent to a cat or dog cardiologist for more tests.
The field of dog cardiology has made quite a few advances in recent years, developing better testing for many cardiac conditions in dogs including dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs.
Cat problems, such as feline arterial thromboembolism, are also under investigation and treatment options are being devised.
How do heart problems develop in canines and felines? And what can pet owners do prevent the diseases?
Studies indicate that although quite a few of these conditions seem to have a foundation in genes, there are things that can be done to prevent cardiac problems in our canine and feline friends. First, make sure your pet is not overweight. The more your pet weighs, the more the heart has to work. The added strain of those few extra pounds could cause problems. Adequate exercise is also important to ensure cardiac health. A schedule for playtime and walking are good for both dogs and cats.
Scheduled veterinary visits are an additional option to ensure your pet stays healthy. In addition discuss recommended vaccinations with your vet to protect against common diseases that can also affect heart function.