In school, we all learned about the heart – the most vital organ in our bodies. Similarly, it is an important organ for felines and canines. It pumps blood to all parts of their bodies and keeps them functioning. Many diseases and illnesses can befall the heart and stop it from performing this vital function. Our experienced veterinarians can help prevent, detect and diagnose any conditions that might affect your pet’s heart. To know more about our cardiology services or to book an appointment, please contact us at 306-545-7211

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What are some common heart diseases that affect dogs and cats?

Some commonly known heart diseases affecting dogs and cats include Valvular Degeneration, Dilated Cardiomyopathy (CDM), Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Heart Arrhythmias, and Congenital Heart Disease. Heartworms are also a cause of concern for both canines and felines. 

What are the visible symptoms of heart disease in cats?

Some visible symptoms of heart disease in cats that you should be on the lookout for are:

  • Weight loss
  • Poor appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Sudden hind leg paralysis 
  • Sudden collapse
  • Stunted growth (kittens)
  • Blood clots 

What are visible signs of heart disease in dogs?

Visible signs of heart disease in dogs can include: 

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Rapid weight loss 
  • Inability to exercise
  • Excessive coughing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Fainting
  • Swollen belly caused by a fluid build-up

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