As the number of animals in US households has increased, so has a conscientiousness regarding their health. Most folks know to get their animals vaccinated but, experienced veterinarians are also able to identify grave cardiac issues within cats and dogs.
Relatively new to veterinary circles is the field of veterinary cardiology, responsible for treating heart disease in dogs and cats. When your veterinary physician diagnoses a heart problem, you may be sent to a canine or feline cardiologist for a more complete analysis.
The field of dog cardiology has made quite a few advances in recent years, developing better testing for many heart conditions in dogs including dilated cardiomyopathy in canines. Every breakthrough brings veterinarians further along in winning the fight against canine cardiac ailments like cardiomyopathy.
Cat conditions, including arterial thromboembolism in cats, are also being studied and solutions are being developed.
How do cardiac conditions surface in dogs and cats? And how can pet owners help stop these conditions?
Studies indicate that although many of the problems seem to be genetic, there are things that can be done to prevent cardiac problems in our animal friends. First, make sure your cat or dog is not gaining weight. The more your pet weighs, the more the cardiac system has to work. The added workload of those added pounds could shorten your pet's productive years. Adequate activity is also vital to ensure cardiac health. A schedule for walks and play activities are good for all pets.
Regular veterinary appointments are an additional option to ensure your pet maintains good health. In addition discuss necessary vaccinations with your veterinarian to protect against many conditions that could create cardiac issues.
Animal Cardiology Care