Veterinary Cardiology From Morris County’s Community Pet Hospital

Veterinary Cardiology From Morris County’s Community Pet Hospital

Heart disease in pets is a serious veterinary problem, one that requires skill and experience in both diagnosis and ongoing treatment. Community Animal Hospital offers comprehensive treatment for pets with cardiac conditions.

Learning Your Pet Has Heart Disease

Diagnosing heart disease may include a combination of several different testing methods:

  • Physical exam—A comprehensive physical exam by a veterinarian may uncover symptoms such as a heart murmur, fluid retention, heavy breathing, or general fatigue.
  • Chest X-ray—Radiographs may reveal abnormalities in the size and shape of the heart or vessels, as well as fluid in the lungs or abdominal cavity.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)—An EKG measures electrical activity in the heart to detect abnormal heart beats or rhythms. EKGs are read by our highly trained doctors in house—no need to send tracings to a third party for interpretation.
  • Echocardiogram—An ultrasonic exam of the heart reveals disturbances in blood flow and measures whether the heart is contracting effectively; procedures are done here for faster turnaround.
  • Blood testing—Diagnostic blood work can reveal some signs of heart and respiratory disease as well as assist in developing a prognosis.

Other tests for pets with heart disease may include blood pressure, thyroid testing, heartworm, and bacterial cultures.

Whether your pet is a senior or a younger pet with heart disease, our skilled professionals will provide the highest quality care with kindness and sensitivity. Contact Community Animal Hospital for answers to all of your pet care concerns.

Meet Anthony Weshefsky, DVM

Dr. Anthony Weshefsky obtained his veterinary degree from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and has been part of the team at Community Animal Hospital since 1992. His interests include cardiology, ultrasonography, and soft tissue surgery, with more than 80 hours of additional training in the use of ultrasound.

Read Dr. Weshefsky’s complete biography on the veterinarians page of our website.

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