Cardiology Services

Taking care of your pet’s heart through routine cardiac checkups.

Diagnosing heart disease may present challenges, but early detection with the great support of our hospital can make the process smoother and more manageable. Certain factors can make your dog or cat more vulnerable to developing heart disease, such as breed, age, diet, and health status. Nowadays, medications have undergone significant advancements, and in many cases, early diagnosis allows us to prevent degeneration with close follow-ups and continuous treatment. This proactive approach enhances the chances of successful management and improved outcomes for your pet's health. As this condition can be life-threatening, it’s best to always keep our veterinarians connected with you, and if any changes happen, please call us immediately at 705-885-7387.

What are signs of cardiac disease?

Regular cardiac checkups are the key to catching cardiac disease early. At Gray Street Veterinary Services, we use X-ray, EKG, and echocardiogram to help diagnose heart problems. We can also provide a referral to a specialist if needed. Here are some signs that your feline or canine pal may have heart disease:

  1. Decreased energy or persistent fatigue
  2. Tiredness during walk
  3. Fainting
  4. Persistent cough
  5. Weight loss and loss of appetite
  6. Difficulty breathing

What can cause my cat or dog to develop cardiac issues?

Cardiac issues can be acquired or congenital. Congenital heart disease is present from birth and can be due to the patient's genetics (breed, for example). Acquired heart disease may be due to:

  • Diet: Nutritional deficiencies can be observed in dogs and cats consuming commercial food with low standards, raw food, or homemade food without veterinary support.
  • Weight: Overweight cats and dogs have a higher risk of developing heart disease, and nutritional deficiencies can also contribute to early heart disease.
  • Parasites: Heartworms can cause blockages of blood flow and lead to heart failure.
  • Health status: Conditions such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease, persistent anemia, cancer, chemotherapy, and high blood pressure can also be contributing factors to heart disease.
  • Aging: As pets get older, changes in their heart, valves, and blood vessels can lead to cardiovascular disease.

How are cardiac issues treated in felines/canines?

The key to successful treatment of heart problems lies in early detection, where fewer symptoms translate to better outcomes. Our veterinarians will create a treatment plan based on how severe the disease is and its underlying cause. Some treatment options may include medication, surgery, dietary changes, or heartworm treatment to flush out the worms.

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