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Cardiology Services for Pets

Here at AMC, our team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians provide a wide variety of treatments and therapies for pets who have heart conditions. Whether your pet was born with a heart problem, or they developed one later in life, we are here to help. To learn more about how we keep your furry friend’s heart beating strong, simply call us at 902.564.8356 (Sydney location) or 902.849.3725 (Reserve Mines location) and one of our team members will be more than happy to speak with you about your inquiry.

What is the most common heart problem among pets?

It depends on the specific breed. For cats, one of the most common heart health issues is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes the walls of their heart to thicken. For dogs, chronic valvular disease (which means that they have a leak in their heart that reduces the blood flow in their body) and myocardial disease (a weakened heart muscle pumps less efficiently) are the most common conditions.

What are the symptoms of heart disease in dogs, cats and other pets?

Shortness of breath, difficulty with exercise, excessive coughing, fainting or collapsing, swollen stomach and reduced appetite are all signs of heart disease in pets. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our team right away. If not heart problems, these can also be signs of other health conditions, so it’s important that your pet comes in for a complete exam so that we can properly diagnose them and begin appropriate treatments. Plus, heart conditions may not have any obvious signs in the beginning, which makes regular wellness exams that much more important. Think your pet is due for their annual appointment? Call us today to schedule their next consultation!

What treatments are available for pets with heart disease and other heart conditions?

When it comes to heart issues, a combination of treatments may be prescribed, depending on the diagnosis. Heart disease for example cannot be reversed, but it can be managed with changes to your pet’s diet (having them eat low-sodium foods) to reduce the strain on their heart. Other conditions like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats can be managed with medications that can relax the heart and slow down its beating.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre