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, such as X-rays, 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.
Digital X-rays – X-rays allow the veterinarian to examine the heart and lungs. From an X-ray, your pet’s physician can determine enlargement of the heart or fluid build-up in the lungs.
EKGs – An EKG allows the physician to monitor heart rate and rhythm, allowing for detection of abnormalities.
Ultrasound – Ultrasounds let the physician see a 3-dimensional image of the heart and its chambers. From this image, they can observe blood flow and check for any heart murmurs. We may refer your pet to an ultrasound specialist in order to get a more detailed diagnosis.