Unfortunately, heart disease is a reality for a large portion of the pet population. By the time they reach their senior years, about 25% of dogs are prone to developing heart disease and other cardiac problems. Fortunately, with proper care and help from our team, your pet can still live a long and happy life despite their condition. Call us at 416-481-1127 to learn more.
How are heart problems treated in pets?
The specific actions we will take will depend on your pet’s specific diagnosis and their overall health (e.g. age, weight, mobility). After consultation, the vet may recommend one or a combination of dietary changes, medications, supplements, rehabilitation and surgery.
How can I tell if my pet has heart problems?
An in-clinic checkup where the vet conducts tests like X-rays are the most definite way to diagnose heart problems. Also known as radiographs, these scans can detect abnormalities in your pet’s heart and valves. In addition to that, some warning signs you can watch out for at home are:
- Laboured breathing
- Difficulty/reluctance to exercise