Pet Heart Care for Dogs & Cats in Rocklin, CA
Heart disease is more frequently diagnosed in pets today due to various issues, primarily because animals are enjoying greater longevity; pet owners are committing to regular veterinary care; and veterinary diagnostic equipment and techniques have greatly improved. This is good news for pets and their owners—pet heart disease can be managed and, in some cases, cured with medication and surgical procedures.
Some of the more common cardiac issues we treat at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital include:
- Heartworm disease
- Heart valve problems
- Arrhythmia or irregular heart beat
Our veterinarians are skilled at treating many heart problems in dogs and cats, especially when early detection reveals problems before the animal’s condition has deteriorated. Often heart disease can be controlled through proper treatment, and your pet may live for many happy and comfortable years.
Symptoms to look for when concerned about heart disease include the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Fluid retention (swollen abdomen)
- Bluish tongue
- Weight loss
- Out of breath
These symptoms may be subtle at first, becoming more pronounced over time, or they may seem to appear all at once. The annual veterinary exam may even reveal a slow or irregular heartbeat or a heart murmur before the pet owner notices any symptoms at all.
Our veterinarians are trained to perform exams of the heart with skill and experience. They may perform additional tests, such as blood work, ECG, X-rays, or an ultrasound, to identify the source of the issue and recommend the best course of treatment for your pet. Should the diagnosis indicate the need for a board-certified specialist, we will make those arrangements and work closely with the specialist to ensure smooth and continuous care.
The professional team at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital works with every pet owner to thoroughly explain every option and determine the appropriate course of treatment for each individual pet. If you have concerns about cardiac issues in your pet, contact our office to schedule an immediate appointment.