Dogs with heart disease often have a cough or an increased respiratory rate. They may experience exercise intolerance or collapse, and unfortunately, sometimes cardiovascular disease can shorten their life.
A veterinary cardiologist is a veterinarian who has undergone special training to specialize in cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment. This training typically consists of four years of veterinary school, a year-long rotating internship, and a three to four-year residency followed by a series of intensive board exams.
Often, the first sign is a chronic cough, which may or may not be associated with an increased resting respiratory rate. More rarely, dogs can have collapsing episodes during times of excitement, coughing, urination, or defecation.
It is better to bring your dog in sooner rather than later because many treatments can offer preventative measures and help slow the progression of the disease.
Your primary care veterinarian will usually start by listening to your dog's heart and lungs with a stethoscope. If warranted, they may perform an EKG to identify any abnormal heart rhythms or take some x-rays of the chest to examine the heart and lungs more closely.
We offer many treatments that are medical to improve the quality of life. Occasionally, we also perform invasive or non-invasive procedures in dogs that have more severe disease.
Many diseases that we treat can be slowed or halted with medical therapy. The earlier we can detect and treat these diseases, the better your pet's condition will be.
Unfortunately, many cardiovascular diseases are not preventable. However, feeding your dog a complete and balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and providing them with adequate exercise are all important for maintaining cardiovascular health.
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