Human and Canine Hearts: A Lot in Common

Human and Canine Hearts: A Lot in Common

An old adage says owners start to look like their dogs after they spend a long time together. However true that may be, human and canine hearts have a lot in common when it comes to the way they work. They differ in certain physical ways, of course. The vena cava, the...
When Your Puppy Has a Heart Murmur, What Do You Do?

When Your Puppy Has a Heart Murmur, What Do You Do?

Hearing that your new puppy has something wrong with its heart can be frightening and confusing news. Does this mean your dog’s not going to have a long life? How do you care for a congenital heart problem? How do you know when to go beyond your regular veterinarian...
Anesthesia For Cardiac Patients

Anesthesia For Cardiac Patients

If your pet has cardiac disease, you’re already watching his health carefully. But what happens if he needs a procedure that requires anesthesia? Will it be safe to sedate him for a dental surgery or intraabdominal surgery? Do alternatives exist? The answers to these...
Know the Signs of Congestive Heart Failure Before Coping With It

Know the Signs of Congestive Heart Failure Before Coping With It

Your dog no longer takes the same delight in running, jumping for your Frisbee or gobbling dinner. Maybe that’s the slow onset of arthritis, maybe the general decline of old age. But it could also be congestive heart failure. If so, you’ll have to catch it early to...