Veterinary Cardiology in Dallas
Although your family veterinarian can diagnose and treat many problems, there are some conditions that necessitate specialized diagnostics and care to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet.
Congestive heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, degenerative valve disease, systemic hypertension, arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, and cardiac tumors are examples of such disorders.
Evaluation of Heart Conditions
At your appointment, the vet will conduct a complete and thorough physical examination of your pet, and additional tests will be discussed based on these initial findings.
They will also review your animal’s health history and current medications. Depending on your pet's condition, diagnostic testing may include:
- Radiographic Evaluation
- Blood Pressure Measurement
Signs of Heart Disease in Pets
Signs of heart disease are usually easier to see in dogs and less detectable in cats. Regardless, if your dog or cat shows any of the following signs, contact your vet right away.
- Persistent Cough
- Difficulty Breathing
- Abdominal Swelling/Distention
- Less Tolerant of Exercise
- Heart Murmur or Change in Heart Rate
- Change in Body Weight