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Heart Care and Animal Cardiology

When you bring your pet in for a wellness exam, the veterinarians at Metropolitan Veterinary Center will screen for symptoms of a heart condition, such as coughing, lethargy, arrhythmia, weakness, or labored breathing. Diagnosing heart disease and/or heart failure in your pet requires many testing methods. We have advanced diagnostic tools onsite to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of the symptoms.

Four Common Heart Conditions in Pets

  • Congestive Heart Failure is the end result of heart muscles that have been weakened. Therefore, the heart no longer has the ability to provide adequate circulation to meet the body’s needs. This can also affect the health of the liver, kidneys, and lungs.
  • Chronic Valvular Disease: This type of heart disease affects 20 to 40 percent of dogs, particularly in the smaller breeds. It is characterized by degenerative changes in the heart valves that reduce their ability to function properly.
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Large breeds more commonly suffer from this heart condition. An enlarged, weakened heart characterizes this issue.
  • Feline Cardiomyopathy: This condition affects cats and decreases the heart’s pumping capacity. This is typically due to the thickening of the heart’s walls.

Fortunately, you can take a number of steps to protect your pet’s heart health. Our veterinarians can help guide you in proper nutrition counseling for your pet, as well as prescribe a heartworm preventive for use. Combined with regular wellness exams conducted by our experienced team, you can keep your pet as healthy as possible.