Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of problems related to their heart and lungs. At Iowa Veterinary Specialties, we offer a range of veterinary cardiology diagnostic tools to clients whose animals are suspected of having heart disease. Here at IVS , we have an Internal Medicine Specialist to perform cardiac workups and ultrasounds. If your pet has complicated heart disease, we will be able to refer you to a board certified veterinary cardiologist.
What Is Veterinary Cardiology?
Veterinary Cardiology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the canine and feline cardiovascular system, which includes the pet's heart and blood vessels. This encompasses such pet heart problems as canine and feline congestive heart failure, hypertension, dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and valvular disorders. Because the function of the pet's heart and lungs are interrelated, veterinary cardiologists are also knowledgeable about lung disease as well as diseases of the chest cavity.
Symptoms of Canine or Feline Heart Problems
- Exercise intolerance
- Shortness of breath or apparent difficulty in breathing (due to fluid in the lungs or chest cavity)
- Fast breathing at rest (although don't confuse this with normal panting)
- Fainting spells
- Elevated heart rate
Many of the same types of diagnostic tools and treatment options that are used to help keep human heart patients alive and healthy are also available to pets. If you suspect pet heart problems might be hurting your loved one, please don’t hesitate and give us a call right away.