Just like humans, cats and dogs can develop heart disease. Unlike humans, though, our four-legged friends do not develop plaque inside their blood vessels that lead to heart attacks. Instead, cats and dogs suffer heart disease resulting from different causes, such as parasites like heartworm or structural problems with the heart. Our Veterinarian in San Diego, CA has the training, expertise, and veterinary technology to detect, diagnose, and treat dog and cat heart disease.
Canine heart disease
The most common type of heart disease in dogs is valvular disease, which is a problem with one of the four heart valves that control the flow of blood within the heart. About 75 percent of dogs have this condition; valvular heart disease is particularly common in small breeds of dogs. Heartworm disease is also common, with this preventable condition causing about 13 percent of heart disease.
Feline heart disease
Cardiomyopathy is the most common type of feline heart disease. Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the muscles of the heart. Some types of cardiomyopathy thicken the muscular walls of the heart, which leaves less room within the hollow chambers of the heart for blood, while other types of cardiomyopathy thin the muscular walls to weaken the heart’s pumping power. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy may result in heart failure, where the heart cannot pump blood to the rest of the cat’s body.
Signs and symptoms of heart disease vary according to the type of heart disease but most frequently include irregular heart rhythms, fast or slow pulse, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, weight loss, trouble sleeping, and coughing.
Our veterinarian can detect signs and symptoms of heart disease in cats and dogs, diagnose the cause of the disease, and recommend a course of treatment.
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