A heart problem can affect your pet at any age although it is more often found in older pets. Heart failure occurs when the heart no longer has the ability to pump blood around the body effectively. Heart failure can lead to congestive heart failure. If an animal is suffering from congestive heart failure, fluids accumulates in the lungs, or less commonly fluid can accumulation in the abdomen. Animals suffering from congestive heart failure often experience difficulty breathing and frequent coughing. Some causes of heart failure include: congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the valves of the heart), heartworm disease, and arrythmias (rhythm disturbances).
Many heart problems can be identified on physical examination That’s why our veterinarian at Avon Animal Hospital recommend annual wellness exam so if you found the problem in early stage then its easy to manage. Additional tests are usually required to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease. Additional tests include EKGs (electrocardiograms), radiographs (X-rays), bloodwork and ultrasounds. There is a possibility that our veterinarian may recommend a visit with a cardiologist in Langley or Vancouver. They are best equipped to deal with the more difficult cases.
Heart disease is a serious life threatening condition but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can improve and extend your pet’s life. If you dog or cat is showing any sign of heart problem call us asap to make an appointment or go to nearest emergency animal clinic