At Augusta Animal Clinic we do not have an in-house cardiologist, but we do work with a traveling service that can help us provide that level of care when needed. If your pet needs a board certified veterinary cardiologist we can work with you and your pet or help with referral to an in-person appointment with a cardiologist.
What Is Pet Cardiology?
While animals are vastly different from humans in many ways, they are also similar in some ways. Just like a human must visit a cardiologist when they have a problem with their heart, so does a dog or cat. As a matter of fact, there are tons of cardiology-related problems your pets can have. Bringing your pet to a pet cardiologist ensures you are getting them the best treatment for their problem. While some regular veterinary clinics may be able to provide some assistance, a pet cardiology specialist is equipped to handle anything.
What Do Pet Cardiologists Treat?
In general, pet cardiologists are responsible for treating heart problems in animals. While a regular veterinarian can help with a wide range of illnesses and ailments, a pet cardiologist is uniquely equipped to handle problems related to the heart. Not only does this mean having a vast amount of knowledge about pet cardiology, but it also means having the proper equipment. Some of the conditions a pet cardiologist may treat include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart muscle diseases
- Age-related heart diseases
- Congenital heart defects
- High blood pressure
Considering the potentially life-threatening nature of many of these problems, it’s important to visit a specialist.
The Importance of Visiting a Pet Cardiologist
Time and time again, people go out on a limb doing everything they can to save their pets. This is largely due to how deeply people care for their pets, which is exactly why it is important to take them to the right animal hospital. Heart problems do not simply improve with no intervention, but a pet cardiologist can help treat your pet’s heart problems.