Feline cardiac health

 An ounce of prevention

Feline heart disease is more common than most people realize. Some cats will have a murmur, but most cats appear to be perfectly healthy--making diagnosing cardiac disease in cats a challenge. A consistent protocol to identify cats at greatest risk can help ensure you don't miss heart disease in your feline patients.1

  • Although cats less likely to present with clinical signs of heart disease, a recent study has found that 1 in 6 apparently healthy cats have some form of cardiomyopathy.1
  • Patients may be asymptomatic or the clinical signs may be similar to those of respiratory illness.

1. Banfield Pet Hospital. State of Pet Health 2012 Report. www.stateofpethealth.com/Content/pdf/State_of_Pet_Health_2012_pdf. Accessed February 21, 2013.