Heart Disease, People and Pets

Heart Disease, People and Pets

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Do you or someone you know have heart disease?  Is there a diagnoses of valvular disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, etc?

Does your pet or someone’s pet you know have heart disease?  Did you know that there are similarities and differences in the way cats and dogs -vs- humans have heart disease?

My own dog has congestive heart failure with pulmonary hypertension and valvular insufficiency.  The valvular insufficiency started first, then progressed to the congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.  This has occurred slowly over many years.   His heart disease has been treated at each stage of the disease and additional medications added as needed.  Over the years, he has had lots of lab tests, chest x-rays, ECG’s, Echocardiograms, etc done to diagnose and monitor his disease.  As of the writing of this blog, he is 17 years old.  Not the young, spry puppy he once was, but still enjoying life as much as is possible for a 17 year old Chihuahua.

I posed quite a few questions above, but they can be easily answered by reading the following post.  Human-vs-Dog/Cat Cardiac Disease

Let me know if any of your pets have heart disease, how they are being managed or if you would like us to perform a cardiac evaluation for your pet if you live in our area.

Dr. Timothy Hodge

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