Heart disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in dogs and cats. It is very often associated with elderly dogs and cats but there are also some specific conditions that can affect younger animals.
In the last few decades the diagnostic and treatment options for heart disease have dramatically changed. These help improve the quality of life and can often considerably prolong the life span of affected pets.
Animals may not display any symptoms in the early stages of heart disease. Potential problems are frequently picked up during a routine visit to the vet; many owners are surprised by the discovery of a heart murmur or rhythm disturbance.
At our practice we encourage a thorough investigation to detect the cause of these changes and provide an assessment for the future health of the animal. Having a clear diagnosis of the condition is crucially important in achieving an appropriate treatment plan. The treatment of heart disease often involves a combination of drugs, therefore each pet has an individual treatment plan with regular monitoring by our team.
Cardiology investigations are carried out using different diagnostic techniques such as radiography (X-rays), electrocardiology (ECG) and ultrasonography. These techniques are not painful or invasive however occasionally patients will require sedation.