As the number of animals in US households has increased, so has the number of canines and felines with grave cardiac conditions.
A recent development in veterinary circles is the field of veterinary cardiology, responsible for diagnosing and treating heart disease in canines and felines. If your veterinarian diagnoses heart-related issues, you might be referred to a feline or canine cardiologist for additional diagnostic testing.
The science of dog cardiology has developed a number of advances in recent years, developing treatment options for many heart problems in dogs including pericardial effusion in dogs.
Cat conditions, most notably arterial thromboembolism in felines, are also under investigation and solutions are being devised.
How do heart conditions develop in canines and felines? And how can you help stop the problems?
Studies suggest that although quite a few of these conditions appear to have a foundation in genes, there are things that can be done to prevent heart problems in our canine and feline companions. To start, make sure your cat or dog is not too heavy. The larger your pet, the more the heart has to work. The additional strain of those few extra pounds could shorten your cat or dog's productive years. Adequate activity is also important to maintain heart health. A schedule for walks and play activities are appropriate for all pets.
Scheduled vet appointments are another way to make sure your pet stays healthy. In addition discuss necessary vaccinations with your vet to prevent common conditions that can also affect heart health.
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