Keeping Pets Heart-Healthy

Heart problems might run in your family, but they can also affect our pets, and certain breeds in particular. Naturally, as our pets get older, they also become more vulnerable to heart disease, much like we do. While we highly recommend annual wellness exams for young and adult pets, senior pets should see their veterinarian at least twice a year. Not all heart conditions can be detected using just a stethoscope; blood work, X-rays, and ultrasounds may also be necessary. The key is for us to detect your pet’s heart condition sooner than later, so we can treat it properly. That’s why we’re pleased to have capabilities at our hospital here in Fairfax that allow us to provide exceptional pet cardiology services.

Veterinary Cardiology in Fairfax

Common heart conditions we see in cats and dogs include:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic valvular disease
  • Feline cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy

Pet Cardiology Services

Following a wellness exam and a discussion of your pet’s life at home, your veterinarian may suggest diagnostics to develop a clearer picture of their heart and overall condition. These include:

  • Digital X-rays
    Produce an image that shows the size and shape of the heart
  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
    Monitors the heart’s rhythm and electrical impulses
  • Ultrasound
    Provides a real-time image that reveals the heart’s texture and function
  • Doppler blood pressure machine
    A tool for measuring the heart’s blood pressure
Veterinary Cardiology in Fairfax

Signs Your Pet May Have a Heart Condition

There are a number of symptoms that can indicate heart problems in your pet. Be on the lookout for:

  • Labored breathing
  • Coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Reduced activity
  • Fainting
  • Behavior changes
Veterinary Cardiology in Fairfax

Managing Your Pet’s Heart Condition

We greatly recommend preventative measures such as proper exercise, diet, and routine heartworm prevention to keep your pet’s heart strong and healthy. We can also develop a plan for treatment that includes medication and regular vet visits to monitor their condition and see if any changes need to be made. Congestive heart failure isn’t the end of the road for your animal companion; we’ll be here to support them every step of the way during their treatment. If you’re concerned about your pet’s health and suspect a heart condition to be the cause, call us at (703) 273-2110.