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Cardiology Services for Pets

Our veterinary team believes in preventive healthcare to ensure your pet doesn’t develop any heart issues. An example of this is prescribing a monthly parasite control medication. If your pet has developed a heart issue, our team of experts is here to support your pet by giving them the compassionate and required care they need.

Are heart issues preventable in pets?

Some pets are born with heart conditions (congenital), while others develop them over time (acquired). For congenital conditions, your pet might be predisposed due to their breed or have had the condition passed down to them through their lineage. Acquired conditions on the other hand, can be caused by aging or general wear and tear your pet experiences as they get older. Other factors like obesity can also increase the risk of your pet developing a heart condition.

How can parasite preventives protect my pet’s heart?

Heartworms can cause heart disease. If your pet is bitten by an infected mosquito, heartworms can enter your pet’s bloodstream. Once inside your pet’s body, they can move to your pet’s lungs and heart, growing to be a few inches. Pets can be infected with anywhere from 1 to 100 worms at a time, causing heart and lung disease overtime. Thankfully, your pet is protected against these parasites if they’re taking a preventive medication as prescribed. If your pet doesn’t have a parasite control plan, please contact our veterinary team to discuss which ones might be the best fit at 416.941.8920.

How do I know if my pet has heart disease?

If you suspect your pet might have heart disease, please contact our team immediately. Some signs might not manifest in the early stages of the disease:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Inconsistent sleep patterns
  • Fainting
  • Unexplained tiredness

Last updated: June 20, 2022.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Our doors are now open! All visitors can enter directly into the reception area.
  • We require a 24 hr cancellation notice for appointments during this time. A cancellation fee will be applied otherwise.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Curbside pickup of food and medication is still available (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home).
  • Parking is available in our parking lot (behind the clinic) as well as on the street.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Bay Cat & Dog Hospital