Common cardiovascular abnormalities found in a pet:
- Heart murmur
- Enlarged heart
- Fluid build-up in lungs
- 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:
- Blood Pressure
- Chemistry panel