Cardiology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart as well as part of the circulatory system.
Cardiology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart as well as part of the circulatory system. Causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments for heart problems in animals can exist in various forms.
A cardiology workup is important if your pet is born with a congenital heart disease that could lead to heart failure. Heart failure is also more common in older pets. The best way to prevent heart failure is through early detection.
The symptoms of heart disease vary widely, and can be subtle or difficult to detect. The common symptoms of heart disease are: coughing, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, weight loss, behavioral changes, and rear limb weakness. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, a cardiology workup may be indicated. Your veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s symptoms and determine if a cardiology workup is needed.
Checking for heart disease is routine at every checkup for your pet. Management of heart disease will depend on the severity. If the disease is asymptomatic (meaning it doesn’t produce or show symptoms) your pet may not need treatment, but will need to be monitored. For animals that develop symptomatic heart failure, a combination of medications can be used to increase the life expectancy from months to years.
The most effective way to protect your pet as a pet owner is to visit your veterinarian for regular exams, report any symptoms and share any concerns. Early intervention may increase you pet’s chance for a longer and healthier life.