Getting a Pulse on Pet Cardiology Services at Heart of Texas
Pets, like their human counterparts, can be affected by heart problems. Just as in people, cardiac disease in pets can have some very serious consequences. That is why Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center takes pride in our pet cardiology services. Our high end offerings ensure that you pets receive the best care when it comes to their heart health.
Cardiac Disease in Pets
Pets don’t tend to suffer from heart attacks and strokes like people do, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have heart disease. In fact, heart problems are very common in our pet patients. They may suffer from a congenital heart defect, a problem with the heart valves, or a disease of the heart muscle (a cardiomyopathy). Pets can also be affected by hypertension. Heartworm disease is also a very real risk for dogs and cats, especially here in Texas.
Heart problems in pets are best managed when they are diagnosed early. It is important for pet owners to be on the lookout for signs of a problem. Common signs of a cardiac condition can include:
- Loss of stamina
- Heavy breathing even at rest
- Blue or gray gum/tongue color
- Decreased appetite
- Swelling of the abdomen
Our Pet Cardiology Services
If we suspect that your pet might have a cardiac condition, it is important to arrive at an accurate diagnosis quickly in order to best manage the problem. This is where our cardiology department comes in. Our board-certified cardiologist will help to be sure that we can start helping your pet as soon as possible.
Some diagnostic tests that we can perform in order to assess your pet’s cardiac health include:
Radiographs – Traditional x-rays can tell us a lot about a pet’s heart size, shape, and vascular health.
Echocardiography – An echo is an ultrasound of the heart that allows us to see the heart muscle in motion. We can measure thickness of the walls, see the valves at work, and even look at the direction of blood flow.
Electrocardiography – An ECG is a heart tracing that tells us about the electrical activity in the heart and lets us monitor heart rhythm closely.
Blood pressure reading – Managing blood pressure can be key in being sure your pet feels his or her best.
Other types of testing including blood and urine tests may be recommended so that we can provide the best care for your pet.
While a few heart problems are able to be cured with surgery or other treatment, most pet heart problems must be managed, often using medication. It is important for us to work closely with you and your regular veterinarian to ensure that a pet with a heart condition is feeling his or her best.
Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Services is happy to offer high-end pet cardiology services to all of the area pets in need. We believe that quality and personal care is key in helping pets with heart problems live longer and happier lives.