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Veterinary Cardiology

Cardiology Care at Family Pet Animal Hospital

At Family Pet Animal Hospital, our veterinarians can treat conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and valvular disorders. Additionally, Dr. Dana Buoscio, a board certified veterinary cardiologist, is available to examine your pet and perform an echocardiogram upon special appointment. She travels to our hospital with her color flow Doppler ultrasound machine, the key to diagnosing and characterizing so many cardiac disorders. Because Dr. Buoscio travels the city and suburbs each day, she asks that her patients be admitted for the day so they are immediately available for examination when she arrives.

Symptoms of Cardiovascular Conditions in Dogs and Cats

Pets with heart disease may have symptoms that seem unrelated to heart conditions including lack of appetite, lethargy, or fainting spells. Some pets may not show any visible signs until discovered during a routine examination. Other signs of cardiovascular problems include:

  • Coughing
  • Weakness
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing at rest
  • Elevated heart rate

Diagnosis and Treatment

To obtain a diagnosis of your pet’s condition, we will examine his or her full medical history, and perform diagnostic testing such as blood work evaluation, chest x-rays, and echocardiogram. These tools can help us confirm the presence of an underlying heart problem and assess the severity of the condition. Depending on your pet's condition, we have various treatment options available such as prescription medications, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, pacemaker implantation, and cardiac surgery. If needed, we will refer your pet to a Specialist at Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center.

To learn more about our veterinary cardiology treatments, please call us at 773-935-2311 to speak with a staff member.

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