All Creatures Pet Hospital

902 West Kearney Street
Springfield, MO 65803

(417)865-5367

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Heart Disease

Common cardiovascular abnormalities found in a pet:

  • Heart murmur
  • Enlarged heart
  • Fluid build-up in lungs
  • Arrhythmia
  • Hypertension

Therapy:

Dietary changes: A high quality diet reduced in sodium is recommended for patients with heart disease. Hill's g/d and h/d are examples of these diets. Reduced sodium decreases fluid retention and helps the heart function more effectively.

Fatty Acid Supplementation: These are heart healthy anti-oxidants that also have an anti-inflammatory effect. There are several varieties of these available over the counter and through our clinic.

Ace-Inhibitors: These medications dilate the blood vessels and reduce the workload of the heart.

Diuretics: These medications reduce fluid in the lungs to reduce respiratory effort and cardiac workload.

Follow-up and Additional Testing:

  • Radiographs
  • EKG
  • Blood Pressure
  • Chemistry panel
  • Echocardiogram