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The heart has always been a symbol of love -- and if you love your pet, you want to take the best possible care of your friend's heart for life. Animals are prone to a variety of health challenges that can endanger pet heart health, and these challenges may require expert veterinary monitoring and treatment. That's why Brekke Veterinary Clinic wants you to know that our veterinarian in Castle Rock CO offers state-of-the-art cardiology services to help your pet maintain optimal heart health and function.
Your dog or cat's heart is remarkably similar to the human heart in anatomy and function -- but this similarity also makes it prone to some of the same cardiac conditions that afflict our own hearts. Obesity is one of the clearest examples. Excess weight from lack of activity and/or an unhealthy diet can put additional stress on the heart, leading to heart problems such as congestive heart failure or even a fatal heart attack. Older pets are at a higher risk for congestive heart failure. Certain breeds may also be predisposed to congenital or acquired pet heart health issues such as cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart), leaky heart valves and other abnormalities.
Heartworm is a major challenge to pet heart health. Larvae injected into the body through mosquito bites reside in the hart in lungs, where they grow into long, thin worms that interfere with cardiopulmonary function. Treating a case of heartworm is extremely difficult in dogs and too dangerous to even attempt on cats, making preventative medications a must. Other cardiac disease include an inflammation of the heart muscle called myocarditis.
Pet cardiology in Castle Rock can help diagnose and treat a wide range of heart and circulatory problems. Your pet may be suffering from such a problem if you notice the following symptoms:
If your pet shows symptoms of heart trouble, bring him to Brekke Veterinary Clinic. Our veterinarian in Castle Rock, Dr Brekke, can examine your pet thoroughly and take chest X-rays to look for lung congestion, heart enlargement or other abnormalities. We can also test for heartworm. If your pet needs electrical analysis of his heart action to spot abnormalities or possible damage to the muscle, we will refer him to a cardiac specialists for an echocardiogram (ECG) and/or electrocardiogram (EKG).
If your pet is currently healthy, preventative wellness care can minimize your pet's risk for future hart problems. Our veterinarian in Castle Rock CO can perform annual wellness exams (and more frequent exams for senior pets), prescribe dietary and exercise plans and put your pet on a heartworm prevention program. Have a heart -- contact our vet in Castle Rock today at (303) 474-4260!