Cardiology (Heart)

Although heart problems are found more often in older pets, these conditions can affect pets at any age. Heart disease is usually a life-threatening condition, but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life. If caught soon enough, some forms of heart disease can be cured.

Heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF), which occurs when the heart can no longer pump blood effectively. If an animal is suffering from CHF, fluid usually accumulates in and around the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen. Congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the heart valves), arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances), and heartworm disease can all lead to CHF.

Call us if your pet starts breathing rapidly or coughing, loses his or her appetite, tires easily, seems weak, or has trouble exercising. We can discover many heart problems during a physical exam. Additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), radiographs (x-rays), and ultrasounds, are usually needed to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease or failure.

Our Mission

Our staff strives daily to provide progressive companion healthcare to our clients and their pets. Our practice includes both large and small animal veterinary services, with the majority being small animal. Our practice veterinarians have special interests in orthopedic problems and surgery and small animal dentistry. Small animal dentistry especially has advanced in leaps and bounds in the last few years, the addition of digital dental radiography has allowed us to help our dog and cat patients to a fantastic degree. Our clinic has been providing veterinary services continuously to Rimbey and area since 1964.Read More