Cardiac Patient Care

Caring for your cardiac pet can be a challenge. The links below are designed to provide you with information and guidance on keeping your cardiac pet healthier longer.

Feeding the Cardiac Patient

Feeding the Cardiac Patient
Dr. Donald Brown of Vermont Veterinary Cardiology has a comprehensive write-up on "Feeding the Cardiac Patient". To read the dietary recommendations, please follow the link to Vermont Veterinary Cardiology's website.
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Counting Resting Respiration Rates (RR)




Respiration rates (breathing rates) are a critical piece of information you can provide us over the phone. Changes in these rates assist the cardiologist in treating your pet's heart disease.

When you count the rates, it is important your pet is resting quietly or sleeping. When your pet's chest rises and falls, that is one breath. Count that for fifteen (15) seconds and multiply by four (4). This will give you your pet's RR per minute.
A normal rate is typically 30 or less.

Resting Respiratory Rate Apps

Resting Respiratory Rate Apps
An important part of your pet's care is being able to provide our staff with resting respiration rates (RRR). These rates enable our staff to accurately relay information to the cardiologist, while reducing the number of visits your pet has to make to our office.

For smart phone users, there is an app designed with you in mind.

This app to:
Track your pet's RRR
Compare RRR over time

You can call us with the rates OR the rates can be emailed to medrec@massvetcardiology.com.

If you email the results, please be sure the information contains your last name, pet name, a phone number to reach you at and a summary of how your pet is doing.

This app can be downloaded from the Google play store or iTunes.


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Royal Canin Early Cardiac Diet

Royal Canin Early Cardiac Diet
The early cardiac diet is specially formulated to support dogs with heart disease. In addition to low sodium levels, the food also has added supplements for heart health.

The diet is palatable, usually liked by even the most finicky eaters. And, because Royal Canin stands behind there products, if your pet will not eat the diet you can return it for a full refund.

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Bio-Cardio

Bio-Cardio
Bio-Cardio is a cardiovascular supplement for both dogs and cats. Each capsule contains ingredients which have been shown to support heart health. Ingredients include CoQ10, vitamin E, L-carnitine, taurine, potassium, and magnesium and other vitamins, minterals and botanical substances.
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Ventri-Cardio Chews

Ventri-Cardio Chews
These chews are a chicken liver flavored supplement for dogs that includes Co-Enzyme Q10, L-Carnitine, Hawthorne, L-Taurine and other ingredients which support hearth health.
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