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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.
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.
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.
Signs that can indicate the presence of heart disease include:
If you notice any of the above symptoms, please consult with a veterinarian immediately.
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