As the number of pets in US families has increased, so has the number of dogs and cats with grave heart issues.
Relatively new to veterinary circles is the field of veterinary cardiology, charged with treating heart conditions in dogs and cats. If your veterinary physician suspects a heart problem, you may be sent to a cat or dog cardiologist for more tests.
The science of dog cardiology has developed a number of advances in recent years, devising better testing for a variety of heart conditions in dogs such as dog heart murmur.
Feline conditions, such as arterial thromboembolism in felines, are also under investigation and solutions are underway.
What is the cause cardiac conditions in dogs and cats? And what can you do stop these problems?
Research suggests that although quite a few of these problems seem to have a basis in genes, there are steps to be taken to help reduce heart problems in our dog and cat friends. First, make sure your pet is not gaining weight. The larger your pet, the more the heart has to work. The additional workload of those few extra pounds might shorten your pet's productive years. Adequate activity is also important to ensure heart health. A schedule for playtime and walking are appropriate for both dogs and cats.
Regular veterinary visits are an additional way to make sure your pet stays healthy. In addition ask about necessary vaccinations with your vet to protect against common diseases that could also affect heart health.