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Pet Cardiology

Cardiology is the medical study of the structure, function, and disorders of the heart.

A heart problem can affect your pet at any age although it is found more often in older pets. Heart failure occurs when the heart no longer has the ability to pump blood throughout the body effectively. Heart failure can lead to congestive heart failure. If an animal is suffering from congestive heart failure, fluid accumulates in the lungs although it can result in fluid accumulation in the abdomen as well. Animals suffering from congestive heart failure often experience difficulty breathing and frequent coughing. The coughing often seems to be worse at night. Some causes of heart failure include congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the valves of the heart), arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances) and heartworm disease.

Many heart problems can be identified on physical examination. Additional tests are usually required to accurately identify the cause of heart disease. Additional tests include blood tests (cardio pet proBNP), electrocardiograms (ECG), radiographs and ultrasounds.

Heart disease is a serious life-threatening condition but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life.

Last updated: November 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

In light of the rising cases of COVID-19 in our region, we will be introducing more stringent physical distancing measures effective immediately. This is all a part of our effort to continue providing the care that our patients deserve, while also providing the utmost protection for our team members and clients. Please kindly review the points below before your next appointment.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital