Why Would My Pet Need a Veterinary Cardiologist?
Dogs and cats can suffer from a wide variety of heart conditions that may ultimately lead to the development of congestive heart failure and/or arrhythmias. Early detection and treatment of these disease processes is important for prolonging and improving quality of life for your pet.
Some conditions or diseases are hereditary (have a genetic basis) and may affect specific breeds. Responsible breeders screen their prospective breeding stock for many of these known diseases. Our cardiology service is happy to participate in this screening process and with certifying bodies, such as the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA).
With so many different types and causes of cardiac problems in pets, it is essential that your pet’s cardiac disease be properly diagnosed. Our state of the art diagnostic tools, in addition to the expertise of our cardiology service provide the environment for a timely, accurate diagnosis.
VMC Cardiology Service
Our cardiology service offers state-of-the-art cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram) evaluations with color flow Doppler and speckle tracking capabilities. Thoracic radiographs, electrocardiography (ECG), 24 hour ECG monitoring (Holter), blood tests, and blood pressure monitoring are also utilized the cardiology service to fully evaluate your pet’s disease state. Additionally, our updated facilities offer ample space for you to observe your pet’s examination and echocardiogram.
Our cardiology team will communicate closely with you and your primary care veterinarian throughout the life of your pet to ensure the best possible quality of life.