January 2018 Issue

Heart Disease in Your Cat

Picking up signs early can aid in diagnosis and improve your cat’s quality of life

The first indication of a heart problem in a kitten or cat might be a murmur picked up by your veterinarian on a routine physical examination. “Luckily, not all heart murmurs mean heart disease in cats,” says Dr. Bruce Kornreich DVM PhD, board-certified veterinary cardiologist and Associate Director of the Cornell Feline Health Center. Many ostensibly healthy cats have murmurs, but depending upon the situation, follow-up diagnostics may be warranted when a murmur is detected in a cat.

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