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Our office is dedicated to providing pets with compassionate care. In offering cardiology services, we can better evaluate and treat heart and lung diseases, working towards improving quality of life. Annual pet wellness exams enable our staff to detect early indicators of heart disease that could potentially save your pet’s life – just one more reason why an annual check-up is important for your pet’s well-being.
Diagnostic imaging is initially used when a disease or condition is suspected. This non-invasive method of obtaining information allows our veterinarian to determine existence, severity, and location of a condition or disease. After diagnosis, our physicians will discuss with you the best plan of action for your pet.
Possible indications of heart disease:
Coughing that lasts longer than three days.
Inability or refusal to sleep at night.
Shortness of breath, wheezing, or rapid breathing.
Sudden changes in pet behavior and an inclination to isolate themselves.
Sudden episodes of fainting, or unexplained collapses.
Swelling in the abdomen.
What do cardiology diagnostics involve?
Diagnostics could involve a variety of different procedures. Upon examining your pet, the veterinarian will decide which method is necessary under the circumstances.
Blood Pressure – Routinely checking blood pressure at pet wellness exams is critical. High blood pressure can cause heart failure.
Blood Tests – Blood tests examine hormone levels. Changes in certain hormones can indicate heart disease. Routine evaluation of kidney and liver function is important for pets on cardiac therapy.
Digital X-rays – X-rays allow the veterinarian to examine the heart, lungs, and bones. From an X-ray, your pet’s physician can determine enlargement of the heart or fluid build-up in the lungs. This tool is used for periodic assessments to follow progress in animals on cardiac therapy.
EKGs – An EKG allows the physician to monitor heart rate and rhythm, allowing for detection of abnormalities.
Ultrasound – An ultrasound (or echocardiogram) lets the physician see a 3-dimensional image of the heart and its chambers. From this image, they can observe blood flow, evaluate heart murmurs, measure and evaluate chamber size and contractility of the heart. This tool is used for diagnosis of heart conditions, for monitoring progress, and evaluating progression of disease.