At Goodwin Animal Hospital, we are proud to be one of the premier veterinary hospitals in Montgomery, Alabama, offering specialty cardiology services. Like humans, dogs and cats suffer from a variety of heart-related problems. These include hypertension, heart tumors, arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and degenerative valve disease (leaky valves). More often than not, heart diseases develop later in life due to aging or damage to the heart. However, congenital abnormalities may be present from birth as well. The signs of heart disorders are often similar, whatever the cause.
Although heart problems are found more often in older pets, these conditions can affect pets at any age. Heart disease is usually a life-threatening condition, but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life. If caught soon enough, some forms of heart disease can be cured.
To manage your animal’s cardiovascular condition, we will work closely with your primary care veterinarian. Our board-certified specialists will examine your pet’s full medical history and perform diagnostic tests, such as an echocardiogram, EKG, chest x-rays, and blood work. When hospitalization or continued monitoring is required, we will make sure you are kept well-informed about your pet’s health status and the results of diagnostic tests, as well as the day to day treatment plan.
Heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF), which occurs when the heart can no longer pump blood effectively. If an animal is suffering from CHF, fluid usually accumulates in and around the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen. Congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the heart valves), arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances), and heartworm disease can all lead to CHF.
If you suspect that your loved one may be experiencing heart problems, please call us to discuss your pet’s condition with one of our cardiologists. We are always available for routine appointments and after hour emergency care. Our experienced and professional staff at Goodwin Animal Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, are always prepared to give your pet the best cardiology support available.