Heart disease in pets, specifically older pets or certain breeds, is more common than many people realize. Veterinary cardiologists concentrate on diseases related to the heart and lungs. In particular, they focus on the diagnosis and treatment of congestive heart failure, damage to the heart muscle or valves, cardiac arrhythmias, congenital defects, diseases of the pericardium, high blood pressure, coughing and other breathing issues.
A veterinary cardiologist utilizes a wide range of diagnostics and reviews a pet’s past history. Testing could include echocardiography (sonogram/ultrasound of the heart), electrocardiography (ECG/EKG), blood pressure and Holter monitor (24 hour ECG). Radiographs and blood tests may also be needed. Once a pet is diagnosed with heart disease, veterinary cardiologists work closely with your primary veterinarian to manage your pet’s condition.