Heart Disease

Common cardiovascular abnormalities found in a pet:

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

Phone: 417-865-5367
Fax: 417-865-8012
902 West Kearney
Springfield, MO 65803
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sunday
For emergencies, call:
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of SW Missouri 417-890-1600

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