Although heart problems are found more often in older pets, these conditions can affect them at any age. Heart disease is usually life-threatening, but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life. If caught soon enough, some forms of heart disease can be cured.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease is caused by various issues like genetics, aging, obesity, and nutrition. It can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF), which occurs when the heart can no longer pump blood effectively. If an animal suffers from CHF, fluid usually accumulates in and around the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen. Congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the heart valves), arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances), and heartworm disease can all lead to CHF.
What are the signs of CHF?
We discover heart problems during a physical exam. Additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), radiographs (X-rays), and ultrasounds, are usually needed to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease or failure. Signs of a heart condition vary, depending on the stage of your pet’s illness. Please contact us at 204-346-1429 if your pet is suddenly:
- Breathing rapidly
- Losing their appetite
- Tiring easily
- Exercising with difficulty