As with humans, nature has endowed our pets an amazing ability to compen­sate for a long time while dealing with impend­ing organ failure. In other words, a lot of diseases proceed in silent mode” with little or no clin­i­cal signs. Often even the most astute owner may miss subtle signs of dete­ri­o­ra­tion. However, when these signs become really appar­ent, the disease and its effect on the body as a whole may be irre­versible. This is often the case with under­ly­ing cardio­vas­cu­lar disease. Although pets do not typi­cally expe­ri­ence a heart attack” as we know in humans, they are prone to a wide variety of primary and secondary heart issues ranging from arrhyth­mias and conduc­tional heart blocks to cardiomy­opathies and heart based tumors. Where we could express ourselves if our heart was to race or flutter, our pet may remain expres­sion­less. A change in exer­cise toler­ance (a retro­spec­tive opinion that your pet cannot walk or play as hard as before) may be a warning. If your pet shows exer­cise intol­er­ance, laboured breath­ing or cough, loss of appetite, collapse or faint­ing, or unex­plained weight gain or loss then a phys­i­cal exam­i­na­tion is warranted. Special diag­nos­tics includ­ing blood & urine tests, chest X‑rays, ECG (elec­tro­car­dio­gram), and echocar­dio­gram (ultra­sound) may be neces­sary. In the interim, support­ive drug therapy and diet/​lifestyle modi­fi­ca­tions may be suggested. Our goal is to work in conjunc­tion with your wishes and to improve the quality of your pet’s life.

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