As the ranks of animals in American families has increased, so has the ranks of dogs and cats with serious cardiac issues.
A recent development in veterinary medicine is the field of veterinary cardiology, responsible for diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions in dogs and cats. If your veterinarian diagnoses a heart problem, you might be referred to a canine or feline cardiologist for a more complete diagnosis.
The field of dog cardiology has made a number of advances in recent years, devising better testing for many cardiac problems in canines including pericardial effusion in dogs.
Cat problems, such as arterial thromboembolism in felines, are also being studied and treatments are underway.
What causes heart conditions in dogs and cats? And what can you do stop the diseases?
Research suggests that although many of the conditions appear to be genetic, there are things that can be done to prevent heart problems in our dog and cat companions. First, make sure your pet is not gaining weight. The larger your pet, the more their cardiac system has to work. The added workload of that added weight could cause problems. Ample activity is also vital to maintain cardiac health. Regular walks and play activities are appropriate for all pets.
Regular vet visits are an additional option to ensure your dog or cat stays healthy. Also ask about regular vaccinations with your veterinarian to protect against common conditions that could create heart problems.
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