Think that something’s just not right with your pet?
Perhaps for a while now, you’ve noticed that your usually alert and playful pet seems listless. They don’t play for very long—maybe not at all. They are easely out of breath and have difficulty breathing. Maybe they’ve even started coughing! At night, instead of sleeping soundly, they seem agitated. You’re seeing visible signs of distress. Your pet is not doing well.
In this case, you must go to your vet. First of all, your vet will do a check up, listening to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope. This will allow your vet to check breathing and heart rate. If there’s any sort of arrhythmia, your vet will hear it. Next, the vet will take your pet’s pulse. If there’s an abnormal accumulation of fluids in the abdomen, your vet will be able to determine that as well.
Visiting your vet with your cat or dog will let you know exactly how well your pet is doing, health wise. Should a heart problem be diagnosed, take comfort in knowing that most cardiac problems can be controlled with diet and if and when necessary, medication.
In rare cases, it might be necessary to consult with a veterinarian specializing in cardiology. Your family vet will refer you to one of their colleagues who is an expert in internal medicine or cardiology, a specialty requiring 9 years of university. Even though your pet is already in good hands, more in-depth expertise is available should they need it..