The primary function of the heart is to pump oxygenated blood through the body. Unfortunately, heart disease and the issues associated with the disease, tend to sneak up on you. Weakness, coughing, and breathing difficulties can be subtle and hard to see.
At an annual wellness exam your veterinarian may check for heart disease using some of the following methods.
- Listening to your pets chest, can reveal murmurs and fluid in the lungs
- X-rays can reveal heart abnormalities
- An EKG can identify irregular rhythms
- Blood and urine tests can reveal heartworms and the condition of other internal organs
- An ultrasound may be used to to look at the size, shape, and movement of the heart
Unchecked heart problems can make things harder on your pet and even shorten their life.
||Treatment options will vary depending on the type of heart disease, severity and with the individual symptoms a pet may be experiencing. Our veterinarians will make a treatment plan based on your pets needs. These can include, monitoring more frequently, medications and advising you what to watch for at home.