At Hallam Vets we offer cardiology investigations and management of existing cardiac disease. Our experienced vets Phil Tricklebank and Vicky Ironside are both advanced practitioners.
Our cardiologists have clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Canine Heart Disease
Heart disease is increasingly common in dogs – probably because their average life expectancy is being extended due to improved veterinary care. Some heart defects, eg hole in the heart, are present from birth (congenital heart defects) but may only cause signs as the dog gets older. Other diseases develop later in life as a result of the effects of ageing or damage to the heart.
The most common heart diseases in the dog develop in older dogs as the heart starts to wear out.
Feline Heart Disease
Heart disease is relatively common in cats. Some heart defects, eg hole in the heart, are present from birth (congenital heart defects) but may only cause signs as the animal gets older. Other diseases develop later in life as a result of the effects of ageing or damage to the heart.
The signs of heart disease are often very similar whatever the cause. Many of the signs of heart disease can be confused with natural ageing changes. Reduced energy and increased sleeping are common. Cats with severe heart disease often have poor appetites and may lose weight. If water retention occurs as a result of the heart failure you might not notice that your cat is losing weight. Other signs of heart failure are difficulty in breathing due to fluid build up in the lungs – but remember these signs may be seen with many other diseases too.