Cardiology

 

Cardiology is a clinical speciality that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the valves and muscles of the heart. Our New Milton Branch can offer complete cardiac evaluation, utilizing digital radiographs, ultrasound (electrocardiogram) and electrocardiographs (ECG).

After an initial cardiac evaluation, we'll discuss with you any additional testing or treatment that we recommend. In some cases we may suggest referral to a cardiac specialist.

Discovering that your pet has a heart problem can be a difficult time for a pet owner. However it is important to find out as much about the problem as possible to find the most effective treatment. The sooner treatment begins, the sooner the quality of your pets life is improved and the more likely we are to prolong your pet's life through treatment and management of the problem.

If we believe there is a heart problem, taking a digital radiograph or doing an ultrasound of the heart are critical steps in diagnosing the condition. Either of these tests is a safe non-surgical way for a vet to evaluate the chambers of the heart and visualize the valves. An ECG of the heart may also help to diagnose the extent of the problem.

What to look out for:

    • - Early fatigue at exercise is an important early symptom which may be confused with other diseases of old age.
    • - A cough - often occurring after a period of rest or exertion.
    • - Weight loss - common in long lasting (chronic) forms of heart failure.
    • - Drinking excessively sometimes associated with a reduced appetite.
    • - An abdomen distended with fluid.

Just like people, dogs and cats depend on blood circulation to carry nutrients and oxygen round the body. An adequate blood and oxygen supply is essential for correct functioning of all the vital organs. A poor blood supply to the brain can result in changes in behaviour, senility and even fainting episodes.