Learning that your pet is suffering from a congenital or acquired heart condition can be a difficult diagnosis to accept, but at Clairmont Animal Hospital, our veterinarians can provide your pet with the individualized heart care they deserve and need to not only survive, but also thrive.
Digital radiographs, ultrasounds, blood pressure, and electrocardiographs (EKG) are just some of the diagnostic tools our veterinarians use to diagnose illnesses and diseases of the heart in pets. Once your pet’s examination is complete, we will discuss:
- Any additional testing that is needed
- Any potential health risks associated with your pet’s heart condition and treatment
- Your pet’s condition
- Referral to a specialist, if necessary
- Treatment costs
If your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. These may be signs that your pet’s heart health is at risk:
- Abdominal swelling
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Persistent cough
- Rapid or labored breathing
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
Our in-house laboratory has the latest in diagnostic equipment, including electrocardiograph (EKG) technology. This non-invasive procedure requires neither sedation nor anesthesia in most animals and can be completed in minutes.
EKGs allow our veterinarians to accurately detect abnormal heart rates and electrical rhythms, known as arrhythmias. Arrhythmias often signal health issues such as:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chemical imbalances
- Diseased heart muscles
- Heart disease
- Heart enlargement
- High toxicity levels
To learn more about our cardiology and EKG services, or any of our veterinary diagnostic services, please contact us today. We look forward to caring for you and your pet.