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: Nov. 25, 2022

    Dear Clients,
    As of Monday June 20th 2022 this clinic will be removing our mask requirement for both staff and clients. We are moving to the “your choice” model. Our team understands that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, and want to respect both our staff and clients' right to choose. That being said, we are still maintaining the below protocols:

  • Maximum 5 clients in the reception area at a time.
  • 1 client is permitted in the exam room with their pets for doctor appointments.
  • Curbside is still an option for all clients. Please advise our reception team.
  • You may also come directly into the reception area with your pets for all appointments now without calling in first. Please ensure you are mindful of our capacity limit of 5.

    Please note our hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Closed for lunches 1pm - 2pm
    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to serving you and your furry family members!

    Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic