As the ranks of pets in US households has grown, so has the ranks of dogs and cats with serious cardiac conditions.
A recent development in veterinary circles is the veterinary cardiologist, charged with diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in dogs and cats. When your veterinarian diagnoses heart-related issues, you might be referred to a canine or feline cardiologist for additional tests.
The science of dog cardiology has made a number of discoveries recently, developing solutions for a variety of heart conditions in dogs including dog heart murmur.
Cat problems, most notably arterial thromboembolism in cats, are also being studied and solutions are underway.
How do cardiac problems surface in dogs and cats? And what can you do prevent these conditions?
Research suggests that although many of the conditions appear to be genetic, there are steps to be taken to prevent cardiac problems in our dog and cat friends. First, ensure your pet is not gaining weight. The more your pet weighs, the more their cardiac system has to work. The added strain of that added weight might shorten your pet's life. Ample exercise is particularly important to keep your cat or dog's heart healthy. A schedule for playtime and walking are appropriate for all pets.
Scheduled veterinary visits are an additional option to make sure your dog or cat stays healthy. In addition discuss necessary vaccinations with your vet to prevent many diseases that could create cardiac issues.
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