Cardiology Referral Services for Pets

Did you know on average, about 10% of dogs have heart disease? The number is even higher in older canine pals – 25% in the 9 to 12 year age range. Cats are also at risk with about 10% likely developing cardiac problems throughout their lives. Fortunately, advances in veterinary medicine mean a heart problem is not necessarily a death sentence for our cherished pets. In fact, most can live happy and pain-free lives despite their diagnosis. Our team has specialized care for patients with cardiac health issues. Simply call us at 905.885.8151 to learn how we can help your loyal companion.

Can heart disease be cured in pets?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for heart disease in dogs, cats and other pets. The good news is it can be successfully managed with medications (e.g., pimobendane), diet changes, exercise routines, surgery, acupuncture and more.

What are the signs of heart disease in pets?

The scary thing with this condition is there are usually no signs – especially in the early stages. This is why regular check-ups are so important. As the disease progresses, you may notice the following in your loyal companion:

  • Fatigue
  • Laboured breathing
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty sleeping

    How can I stop my pet from getting heart disease?

    Sadly, there is virtually no way to prevent a heart problem in your pet. Proper diet and ample exercise may stop them from being obese or from getting arthritis, but most heart problems are genetic or chronic issues. The only other heart-related problem you can prevent in your pet is heartworm – and this is done through regular check-ups and parasite control meds.

  • Last updated: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

    Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

    1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

    2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

    3. Hours of Operation

    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

    - Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic