CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets Blog

Join CVCA in Raising Awareness during American Heart Month!

Did you know, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US and worldwide?! And sadly, heart disease affects at least 15% of cats and over 30% of our canine companions. To raise awareness and show support, each year CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets doctors and staff wear red on Friday, February 1st, #NationalWearRedDay! We also invite you to participate in our weekly quizzes and photo contest to spread awareness and have a chance at winning special prizes throughout the entire month of February! To learn more, visit

CVCA Pet Calendar Contest Winners - 2019

CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets is happy to announce our Pet Calendar Contest winners. Thank you to everyone who submitted a contest entry. We received hundreds of entries, making the choice very difficult, indeed!

Holiday Dangers: Poisonous Plants & Toxic Foods That Could Endanger Your Pet

The holidays are a lively and festive time of year, filled with decorations, gifts, and celebrations. But it’s also the time of year when we may unknowingly introduce our pets to toxic plants or dangerous foods.

As you decorate your home this season and enjoy celebrations and holiday treats, keep a watchful eye on your pets, particularly if your celebrations include any of the following plants or foods.

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

While we love our pets all year ‘round, Halloween can be a particular scary time for pets and pet owners alike. Festive decorations, trick-or-treat hijinks, costumes, strangers, and Halloween candy can all potentially threaten your pet’s safety.

October is also National Animal Safety & Protection Month, which is dedicated to promoting safety and caring for both domestic and wild animals. So, in honor of both Halloween and National Animal Safety & Protection Month, we’ve put together some great tips to make Halloween celebrations safer and less stressful for you and your furry friends.

What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Cardiologist and Why Does It Matter?

When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, there are more ways than ever to get the best care. In fact, the field of veterinary medicine is becoming more specialized every day. Just as there are specialists for human conditions like heart disease, many veterinarians choose to focus in specific areas in order to provide advanced care for their patients.

Tips & Tricks for Traveling with Pets


Pet Fire Safety Day

A house fire is one of the scariest disasters anyone could face. Did you know that pets cause over 1,000 house fires each year in the United States and that more than 40,000 pets die yearly from house fires?* Today is Pet Fire Safety Day – a day created by The American Kennel Club and ADT Security in 2009 to bring fire safety awareness to pet owners. For many of us, pets are like family members; we’d do anything to keep them safe during an emergency. According to here are a few tips to learn how to keep your pet safe if you ever find yourself in this frightening situation.

American Heart Month - Heart Disease in Humans and Pets

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for humans both in the U.S. and globally.  Practitioners in both human medicine and veterinary medicine are working diligently to raise public awareness of cardiovascular disease. Regular checkups for both humans and pets could easily spot the early warning signs of heart disease in humans, dogs and cats.

CVCA Pet of the Month Calendar Contest Winners

CVCA is happy to announce our Pet of the Month calendar contest winners. Thank you to everyone who submitted a contest entry. We received hundreds of entries, making the choice very difficult, indeed!

Heartworm Disease – What is it and is my pet protected?

By:  Kacie Schmitt, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)


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