Cardiology

Forms of Heart Disease in Cats and Dogs

Heart Disease comes in two forms; congenital or adult-onset. Congenital Heart Disease is when a heart defect is present at birth. While some cases begin to present at a young age, in some cases it can go undetected for many years. Common congenital forms that we diagnose are heart murmurs and enlarged hearts. The second form of heart disease, adult-onset, occurs as the result of damage to the heart structure at some time during the pet’s life which results in abnormal function. In some cases, adult-onset heart disease develops as a secondary problem, with the primary problem being in another area of the body, such as the thyroid gland. While the cause of most types of adult-onset cases is unknown, it is believed that genetics and lifestyle (weight, physical activity, and diet) may play a significant role.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital’s state-of-the-art facility is equipped to diagnose and treat most forms of heart disease. Through x-rays and echocardiograms (Echo); we can diagnose the cause of your pet’s heart disease and determine the proper treatment. Treatment through proper medications to offset the symptoms/progression of heart disease can afford you more time with your pet and a better quality of life after diagnosis.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Tiring easily
  • Fainting
  • Coughing/hacking
  • Swollen belly
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tongue or gums become bluish-gray
  • Weight loss

Should your pet begin to experience any of these symptoms, we urge you to contact us and schedule an appointment for one of our Doctors to evaluate your situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As veterinarians we deal with a wide range of complicated issues in the course of our day-to-day work. If you don’t have all the answers, we might. We have some FAQ documents on a wide range of subjects for your pet. Whether you’re looking for answers to common questions or just curious, our FAQs could be the fastest route to the answers you need.

A puppy’s critical development period is 8 – 14 weeks, training is crucial during this period and is fine, given they’re at the appropriate level of vaccines. Puppies can meet other vaccinated puppies…we require all training participants to be at the appropriate stage of vaccination for their age.
They pose a variety of health and safety hazards. Without knowledge of the other dog’s backgrounds, it’s a risky situation at best. Other pet owners may not be aware of the risks…nor mindful of their pet.
Imagine not brushing your teeth for five years? Infection occurs when bacteria collects between the gums and teeth as they separate; it then enters the blood stream and sets up in the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Absolutely, NOT! Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Dogs are extremely sensitive to the gastrointestinal effects of NSAIDs, resulting in pain, bleeding, and ulceration.
Change in appetite, lethargy, low energy, aggressiveness, inappropriate elimination, and vocalization are all signs of an underlying issue. Though the symptoms began recently, the issue began well before the symptoms began to show.
Our wellness plans spread out the cost of services throughout the year…much easier on your wallet. Part of your savings includes no exam fee when you come for a visit.
It provides a baseline of values to reference the next time your pet needs treatment. It also detects early signs of cancer, infection and disease, and ensures organs are properly functioning.
On July 19, 2018, the U.S. FDA issued an alert regarding grain-free diets and a possible link to dilated cardiomyopathy (a decreased ability to pump blood); often resulting in congestive heart failure. The correlation of peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans, and potatoes is the focus of the investigation and if your pet is currently on a grain free diet, the FDA urges pet owners to consult their veterinarian.

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