Our veterinary team can provide your pet with care for a range of heart conditions, since heart disease is an umbrella term for a variety of issues. Regardless of the stage of their diagnosis, we will dedicate all the necessary expertise and equipment to supporting your pet. If you're interested in receiving support for your pet's heart issues, please contact 416-245-8805.
What are the potential signs of heart disease?
Some signs of heart disease overlap with other conditions so it's important to visit our veterinary team for us to provide an accurate diagnosis for pet. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, please bring your pet in:
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty sleeping throughout the night
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal swelling
How do you diagnose heart conditions?
We use non-invasive diagnostic imaging to determine the condition of your pet's heart. Our veterinary team uses auscultation (listening to your pet's heart with a stethoscope) to determine heart rate, rhythm, and sounds. If we detect any abnormalities, we often recommend more diagnostic testing. For example, an electrocardiogram can detect an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), which could be an indication of heart disease. Chest X-rays will show the size and shape of the heart. If the heart is enlarged, it could be due to disease in the heart muscle or leaky valves. If either of these are left untreated, they could lead to heart failure. An echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) is arguably the single-most important test used to diagnose heart disease in dogs and cats, identifying murmurs, leaky valves, and enlarged hearts. Once we've provided a diagnosis, we can determine which treatment options are the best fit for your pet.