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Pet Cardiology

A heart problem can affect your pet at any age, although it is more often found in older pets. Heart failure occurs when the heart no longer has the ability to pump blood around the body effectively. Heart failure can lead to congestive heart failure. If an animal is suffering from congestive heart failure, it usually accumulates fluid in the lungs, although it can result in fluid accumulation in the abdomen as well. Animals suffering from congestive heart failure often experience difficulty breathing and frequent coughing.

Many heart problems can be identified on physical examination. Our veterinarians start examining your pet’s heart from as early as 6 weeks of age. If we detect any abnormal sounds (murmurs) or abnormal rhythms, we may recommend further tests.

Heart disease is a serious, life-threatening condition, but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life.

What causes heart failure in pets?

  • Congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem)
  • Valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the valves of the heart)
  • Arrythmias (rhythm disturbances)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Heartworm disease

What special cardiac test are available at the clinic?


EKG (electrocardiogram): detects abnormalities in the rhythm of the heart.

Radiographs: x-rays can detect changes in heart shape/size and lung abnormalities.

Ultrasound (echocardiography): detects small changes in the size, shape, and contractility of the heart.

Doppler: measures blood pressure.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members

We are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads, and pet boarding services are suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. 

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of March 2nd, 2022:

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by email at info@southburnabyvethospital.com or by phone at 604-526-0334.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital