Dog Cardiologists Rockford IL

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Animal Medical Clinic
(815) 320-9727
4113 Morsay Dr
Rockford, IL
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Surgery

Animal Hospital of Loves Park
(815) 516-8541
5036 N. 2nd Street
Loves Park, IL
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Stephenson Veterinary Hospital
(815) 963-9685
1211 11th St
Rockford, IL

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Gull-Clemons, Ann, Dvm - Bellwood Animal Hospital
(815) 398-6484
1869 N Bell School Rd
Rockford, IL

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Bellwood Animal Hospital
(815) 398-6484
1869 N Bell School Rd
Rockford, IL

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CherryVale Animal Clinic
(815) 839-7891
7360 N. CherryVale Mall Drive
Rockford, IL
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Surgery

Animal Medical Clinic North
(815) 839-7780
10312 N 2nd St
Machesney Park, IL
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Surgery

Mulford Animal Hospital
(815) 977-8134
1902 S Mulford Rd
Rockford, IL

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Animal Emergency Clinic
(815) 229-7791
4236 Maray Dr
Rockford, IL

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Kotev, Emanoel, Dvm - Hillcrest Animal Hospital
(815) 398-9313
227 N Alpine Rd
Rockford, IL

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Dog Heart Disease: A MyPetED Vet on Dog Heart Attack, Murmur, Failure

By Ernest Ward, DVM

What is dog congestive heart failure (CHF) or heart disease?MyPetED Image: Dog heart problems are often caused by DCM.

  • This term describes the heart failure that occurs when the heart cannot pump adequate blood to the body.
  • CHF is caused by a number of conditions, but the two most common causes Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Mitral valve insufficiency (MVI).
  • See below for a description of each cause.

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

  • It’s a condition where the heart muscle, especially the thick muscle wall of the left ventricle, degenerates and becomes thinner.
  • As this happens, the blood inside the heart develops pressure that causes these thin walls to stretch, resulting in a much larger heart.
  • An affected dog suddenly exhibit congestive heart failure symptoms even if the condition has been developing slowly.
  • Symptoms include rapid, heavy breathing, a blue tongue, excessive drooling or collapse.

How common is this “dog enlarged heart” problem?

  • In certain large dog breeds, including Boxers, Dobermans, and Great Danes, and occasionally German Shepherd dogs, DCM is the most common cause of heart failure.
  • Medium breeds can also be affected, including Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels.
  • DCM is very uncommon in small breeds.

How does my vet diagnose DCM?MyPetED Image: Your vet may run several tests to diagnose dog heart disease

To make an accurate diagnosis and treat the problem with success, your veterinarian will start with a physical exam and then may run any or all of the following tests to assess different aspects of heart function:

  • Auscultation - using a stethoscope to identify murmurs due to the improper closure of heart valves, assess heart rhythm and evaluate the lungs. If your veterinarian is concerned, he or she may also feel the dog’s pulse to determine its strength and rhythm.
  • Blood and urine tests - assessing liver and kidney function because heart disease often impairs these organs.
  • Chest X-rays - examining the lungs and measuring the heart’s size and shape of the heart. (DCM often enlarges of the heart).
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) – assessing the heart’s electrical activity to accurately measure heart rate and find abnormal rhythms.
  • Ultrasound examination (echocardiogram – measuring each heart chamber's size, wall thickness, and heart contractions to evaluate the heart's pumping efficiency.

How does my vet treat a dog with an enlarged heart?

Your veterinarian can select several effective types of drugs designed to stabilize and treat DCM symptoms:

  • Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (enalapril and benezepril) lower blood pressure and reduce resistance to blood flowing out of the heart. They also dilate the body’s arteries or veins so the heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump blood. They are the only drugs proven to extend life expectancy in both people and dogs.
  • Diuretics (furosemide and spironolactone) stimulate the kidneys to remove excess fluid from the body.
  • Digitalis ...

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