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: July 13, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and limited staffing, we are unable to take new clients at the moment. We sincerely appreciate your kindness, patience and understanding during this time.


    We are still operating curbside only for appointments and the pickup of medication and food. 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 so we can note it on the appointment. We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check!


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
  • Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic