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  • Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
    Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
  • Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
    Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
  • Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
    Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
  • Up to one in six cats have heart disease.
    Up to one in six cats have heart disease.

What is a cardiologist?

Just as in human medicine, a veterinary cardiologist is a specialist trained to diagnose and treat heart conditions. After graduating from veterinary college, veterinary cardiologists receive advanced training in a one-year internship and three-year residency. Board certified specialists have met the criteria established by their specialty college, and passed extensive certifying examinations. 

A veterinary cardiologist can help to optimize the care of animals with heart disease by performing complex diagnostics, determining an ideal treatment plan, and providing comprehensive follow-up; however, they do not offer all of the important services that primary veterinarians do, so it is important to continue to see your regular veterinarian for preventative care and other health problems.

Find out more about the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and what it means to be a veterinary specialist here.