Cardiology Pet Care
A heart problem can affect your pet at any age, although animal cardiology issues are more often found in older pets.
Heart failure occurs when the heart no longer has the ability to pump blood around the body effectively. Heart failure can lead to congestive heart failure. If an animal is suffering from congestive heart failure fluid typically accumulates in the lungs, although fluid can also accumulation in the abdomen as well.
Pets with congestive heart failure often experience difficulty breathing and frequent coughing. Some causes of heart failure include animals born with a heart problem, abnormalities of the valves of the heart, heartworm disease, and arrhythmias.
Evaluation of Heart Conditions
At your pet's appointment, the vet will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet, and based on these initial findings, additional tests will be discussed.
Although many heart problems can be identified with a physical examination, additional tests are usually required to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease. Additional diagnostic testing may include:
- EKGs (electrocardiograms)
- Radiographs (X-rays)