Is your pet breathing differently or experiencing shortness of breath? This may be a sign of a heart problem. If you’re concerned about your pet’s health, contact us to make an appointment as soon as you can. Your vet will take the time to listen to your pet’s heart and respiratory system and determine whether there are any anomalies in their heart rate or rhythm.
What is a cardiac assessment for?
Your veterinarian may recommend a cardiac assessment after detecting a heart murmur or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Also, animals with heart disease may need an assessment or follow-up if experiencing weakness or respiratory problems. Our team will design a treatment plan for your pet’s specific needs.
What type of tests are performed during a cardiac assessment?
- The cardiac assessment may include various tests such as:
- Blood pressure check
- Chest X-rays
- Electrocardiography (ECG)
- Ultrasound scan
How can heart problems be prevented?
Taking care of your pet’s heart health gives them a better quality of life. They should exercise every day and get healthy food that is appropriate for their lifestyle. Obesity and lack of exercise increases animals’ risk of cardiovascular disease. If your pet is obese, we are here to help you improve their situation. It is equally important to stay up to date on dental care, supplements and annual check ups to make sure your pet is in excellent health.