In today’s Tails of the City/SFGate.com, VCA SFVS’s new veterinary cardiologist, Justin Williams, DVM, DACVIM, discusses heart health in our pets. From prevention to treatment, this Q+A offers a good summary for pet owners. An excerpt:
TOTC: What are some examples of the conditions you treat?
JW: I commonly treat both acquired and congenital cardiac disease. Acquired problems are those that develop later in life and include diseases of the heart muscle, such as dilated cardiomyopathy (a thin, poorly pumping heart) in large-breed dogs or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a thick, poorly relaxing heart) in cats. Cancer may form in and around the heart and is more common in larger dogs. Acquired heart disease in small dogs often involves chronic degeneration of the valves of the heart. Congenital cardiac defects are present at birth and can vary widely. Thankfully, some of the more common problems can often be fixed or improved with simple surgery or catheter-based intervention.
For the full post: Q&A with veterinary cardiologist Dr. Justin Williams (SFGate.com)