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Cardiology Services for Pets

Ensuring your pet receives the comprehensive care they deserve.

Cardiology Services for Pets

Ensuring your pet receives the comprehensive care they deserve.

Like humans, cats and dogs can also fall prey to heart diseases and conditions such as elevated blood pressure, irregular heart rate, blockages, etc. Our veterinarians are trained and experienced in completing diagnoses and managing heart diseases. They can build a long-term plan to manage life-long heart issues, lay out strategies to avoid heart disease, or conduct interventional surgeries to treat severe cases. For more information about our cardiology services or to book an appointment, call us at (416) 362-9696.

How common is heart disease in dogs? 

Studies estimate that one in every ten dogs has heart disease. This number worsens to one in every six for senior dogs. The most common heart ailments include heart valve problems and dilated cardiomyopathy, a disorder affecting the heart muscle.

What dog and cat breeds are most commonly diagnosed with heart diseases? 

Dog breeds that often see a high instance of cardiological problems include Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Poodles, Schnauzers, Dobermans, Boxers, and Great Danes. In cats, breeds such as Ragdolls, Maine Coons, Sphynx, and Norwegian Forest cats are most commonly affected by heart disease. 

However, no matter the breed, heart disease can occur in any breed of cat and dog. Regular veterinary exams can help veterinarians identify signs of heart disease and treat it early. 

What are the signs of possible heart disease in pets? 

Signs that can indicate the presence of heart disease include:

  • coughing
  • laboured breathing
  • reduction in exercise tolerance and activities
  • restlessness at night
  • swollen abdomen
  • excessive weakness or sudden collapse
  • sudden paralysis of one or more legs, etc.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, please consult with a veterinarian immediately.

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