Veterinary Cardiology 101

While regular vet visits are crucial for any pet’s health, your companion might occasionally require specialized care. In particular, any issues involving complex cardiovascular concerns fall into that category. But who exactly do you go to see when matters of the heart or circulatory complications arise in your furry friend? There’s more to the answer than you might think, and Coast to Coast Cardiology is here to clear things up for you.

Veterinary cardiologists are the heart specialists you should be seeking. The typical pet parent could be forgiven for not knowing the ins and outs of our field, but a little knowledge goes a long way. Having information regarding a few of the most common conditions a veterinary cardiologist might treat means you’ll be more prepared to act quickly if a crisis does occur. That’s what this blog is all about. 

More Than Just a Stethoscope

Veterinary cardiologists are veterinarians who have undergone additional training and certification in diagnosing and treating heart diseases in animals. They utilize advanced tools and techniques, such as:

  • Echocardiography: An ultrasound imaging technique to assess heart structure and function.
  • Electrocardiography (ECG): Measures the electrical activity of the heart to detect arrhythmias.
  • Radiology: Provides X-rays or other imaging to check for heart enlargement or other abnormalities.
  • Blood pressure monitoring: Vital for managing a wide variety of heart conditions.

Conditions and Complications

Just like us, pets can suffer from a range of heart conditions. Veterinary cardiologists tackle plenty of issues, including:

  • Congenital heart defects: Present at birth, these require specialized diagnosis and management.
  • Heart valve disease: Degeneration or thickening of valves can affect blood flow.
  • Cardiomyopathy: Weakening of the heart muscle, impacting pump function.
  • Arrhythmias: Irregular heartbeats that can be problematic.
  • High blood pressure: Can damage organs and requires special attention.

When to Consider a Cardiologist

Certain signs might indicate your pet needs a cardiology consult:

  • Coughing, especially at night or during exercise.
  • Lethargy and exercise intolerance.
  • Rapid or irregular breathing.
  • Pale gums or weakness.
  • Swollen abdomen.

If you have any concerns about the cardiovascular health of your pet, the best thing you can do is come see us! At Coast to Coast Cardiology, we provide exceptional service for all kinds of cardiac and comorbid conditions. We have ten different locations, but we deliver on one goal no matter where we’re working: we treat the patient, not the signs, delivering comprehensive, cost-effective, and compassionate care. To make an appointment, contact us online or call 844-582-3827 today.