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Cardiology Services for Pets

Just like humans, your pet can suffer from heart problems. A great way to get ahead of these issues is to have your pet come in for regular checkups. Fredericton Animal Hospital has access to a cardiologist who can perform echocardiograms here at the hospital. Through the use of digital technology and blood tests, we can diagnose cardiac issues and begin treatments before it worsens. Even if your furry friend is diagnosed with a condition, they can still live a normal and happy life with the right veterinary help.

What are symptoms of heart disease in pets?

Signs of cardiac problems manifest themselves differently in each pet, however there are many signs you should look out for. The following are signs your pet needs a veterinarian’s examination for possible heart issues:

1. Persistent coughing
2. Laboured breathing
3. Weight loss
4. Fainting
5. Decreased energy

These signs are not exclusive to only heart disease but they could be warning sides for other illnesses. For this reason, we encourage you to reach out to us at 506.455.1700 if you see these signs in your pet.

How are cardiac problems treated in pets?

The treatment used on pets suffering from cardiac problems may be different because of their age, how serious the illness is and the lifestyle they live. Common ways in which we treat heart issues are through medications to correct irregular heartbeats or reduce lung fluid, a low sodium diet which reduces fluid build-up, and lastly surgery to repair torn valves or to insert a pacemaker.

What causes heart problems in pets?

Cardiac problems in pets may stem from three main reasons:

1. Genetics – meaning they could be born with a heart defect.
2. Age – older pets are more likely to develop cardiac issues such as leaky heart valves
3. Lifestyle issues – pets who are overweight and perform little to no exercises may develop heart problems.

Last updated: October 20, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • We are currently allowing 1 client per pet appointment to enter the hospital.
  • For everyone's safety, we have social distancing protocols in place and all staff and clients must wear a mask.
  • All exam rooms are disinfected between each appointment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method. Cash will be accepted if necessary.
  • If you need to purchase food, please order online or drop by the clinic during regular hours. Shipping is free for online orders over $100 and only $5 for orders over $50.
  • For prescription refills, complete the online refill order form or text 506.455.1700. Ordering online is the fastest and easiest way to obtain a medication refill.
  • 3. CANCELLATION POLICY

    Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give the appointment to waitlisted patients.

    4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

    We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

    5. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday to Sunday: CLOSED

    Please note that after 6:00pm, our phone lines will be answered by our triage service, Guardian Vets.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Fredericton Animal Hospital