Healthier Hearts for South Charlotte Pets

Because pets are living longer than ever, heart disease is diagnosed more often. Rea Road Animal Hospital has the combination of experience and technology to find heart disease and treat it properly. Yearly wellness exams are very important for your pet's heart health. At every exam, we make a point of listening to the heart to determine if there are problems that may become serious.

If we suspect a heart problem, we can use radiographs and EKG to diagnose several problems:

  • Thickened or leaking heart valves
  • Inflammation or infection of the heart muscle or lining
  • Heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and caused by worms that lodge in the heart and cause damage
  • Arrhythmia or an irregular heartbeat that can be caused by a malfunction of the heart's electrical system
  • Birth defects that can cause several types of heart problems

Treatment for heart disease is almost always with medication and very rarely with surgery. Diuretics, for example, can remove some of the excess fluid from your pet's body that is causing swelling. Other cardiac drugs strengthen the heart muscle, and vasodilators can help the heart pump blood more efficiently.

Your pet might be given a special diet, and we will employ different medications until we find the most appropriate treatment for your pet.

"We are so pleased and blessed to have Dr. Dozier and your clinic. Time and time again, you all and Dr. Dozier especially have been unfailingly kind, considerate and caring beyond most of any care we have experienced at vets. Having bred goldens for over 50 years we have experienced many vet clinics. Dr. Dozier tops them all. He is unhurried, makes one feel like you are his only client in all the world, takes his time, is thorough and careful and you feel you have his 100% undivided attention. No vet in the hundreds we have worked with has been so available, so kind, willing to take his time, as Dr. Dozier. HE IS THE BEST! Certainly the wonderful staff is a reflection, plus we comment all the time that Dr. Dozier seems to have very little turn over. You all must be happy and respected. Bless you all!" - Ann Chase
"We love Dr. Michael!! She has been so wonderful going down the path with us on our elderly yellow Lab, Bailey Baroo. She has worked with us to find the right blend of food, medicine and exercise to give us more years with him and we appreciate that when she hears hoof beats she thinks horses, not zebras! Everyone at RRAH is wonderful, but Dr. Michael is extra special!" -Lesli An Orio
"Rea Road has been our family vet since the day they opened. I would not trust my pets to anyone else." - Michelle Kingston
"Best vets ever in Charlotte! They have taken such amazing care of my kids and of me, their fretting mom. I wouldn't trust anyone else." - Pamela Shaw
"Rea Road has the most caring staff. Dr. Dozier is truly wonderful! We have taken our babies there for years and they truly love them as much as we do." - Mattie Collins-Walker
"Very simply, we love Rea Road Animal Hospital. Knowledgeable, kind and compassionate!" - Heather Theriault
"Rea Road Animal Hospital has been our vet since we moved to Charlotte 9 years ago. Our dog, Bandit, will be 18 years old in September and we attribute his longevity to the doctors and especially the staff at this establishment. We have recommended the facility to our friends and neighbors and they have used the hospital for vet services, boarding, grooming and a place to love their pets." - Stephen & Heidi Kramer