Heart Disease of the Cat: Aortic Thromboembolism

Aortic thromboembolism (sometimes referred to as “saddle thrombus”) is a devastating disease in cats, and is a life threatening emergency.  As seen in the picture, a blood clot lodges where the aorta (the largest artery in the body) branches into the arteries that feed the … [Read more...]

Acquired Heart Disease in Cats: Intermediate, Restrictive, Unclassified Cardiomyopathy

Heart Disease in Cats The last categories of cardiomyopathies in the cat delve into areas of veterinary science that are still in their infancy.  Click here to learn about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Intermediate/ restrictive/ unclassified cardiomyopathies (ICM/RCM/UCM … [Read more...]

Acquired Heart Disease in Cats: Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is characterized by decreased ability of the heart to contract properly and occurs in people, dogs and cats.  Click here to learn about normal functioning of cat hearts. As the contractility decreases the heart compensates by dilating in order to have … [Read more...]

Acquired Heart Disease in Cats: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a big term that describes the changes seen in the heart muscle in a cat afflicted with this disease.  Click here to learn about normal functioning of cat hearts. It is the most commonly diagnosed heart conditions in the cat.  It is … [Read more...]

Heart Disease in Dogs: Treatment for Atrial Defibrillation

Treatment goals for dogs in atrial fibrillation are to slow the heart rate and to manage the congestive heart failure.  Atrial fibrillation is a disease that is cured (with rare exceptions), rather managed for the lifetime of the dog. Medications to slow the heart rate in … [Read more...]

Heart Disease in Dogs: Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) and is usually a very fast and irregular rhythm (tachyarrhythmia).  In the dog it is always associated with heart disease though in people and horses it can be found with no underlying heart disease. Cause of … [Read more...]

Causes and Incidence of Congenital Disease in Dogs as Compared to People

In human infants congenital heart defects often have no known cause. They may develop in the unborn baby who is exposed to toxic substances or radiation, but many are believed to be passed on from parent to child. Many heart defects in dogs have been shown to be genetically … [Read more...]

Finding a Consensus on Canine CVHD

*Reproduced with permission by Dr. Clarke Atkins! * Canine chronic valvular heart disease (CVHD) is the most important nonparasitic cardiovascular diseases in veterinary medicine, but controversy remains about the best treatment.  THE PLAYERS Canine CVHD, also known … [Read more...]

The Million Heart Challenge: Help to Raise Awareness for Canine Heart Disease

Boehringer Ingelheim has announced a promotion to raise awareness of canine heart disease by sponsoring a VACATION SWEEPSTAKES. The maker of what now is a very popular and effective medication for the treatment of congestive heart failure in dogs, Vetmedin, has developed a … [Read more...]

Congenital Heart Disease in Cats- Causes and Treatment

Causes of Congenital Heart Disease in Cats Congenital heart disease is rare in cats. At this time, no breeds have been scientifically proven to be predisposed to any specific congenital heart disease. That said, there is evidence of specific breed predilections to acquired … [Read more...]