Frequently Asked Questions
How can I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment, please email us or call (732) 996-5608. The appointment will be conveniently arranged at your trusted vet's office. If you are not sure if your pet needs a cardiologist, feel free to call us to answer your questions.
Where are you located?
Veterinary Cardiology Services is a state-of-the-art consultation service. We bring a Board Certified Cardiologist to you and your trusted primary vet clinic on a convenient day. This greatly lessens stress on your pet by reducing time in the car and keeping the specialist consult within a familiar setting. Your family, local vet, and cardiologist working together ensures the best possible care.
Why does my pet need a cardiologist?
In order to become a board certified cardiologist, a vet must complete an additional 3-4 years of residency training (specifically in cardiology) and pass 2 specialty examinations. This is in addition to the 4 years of veterinary school. Your veterinarian may recommend a cardiologist if he or she suspects heart disease, commonly, a heart murmur or an irregular heart rhythm. A history of coughing, difficulty breathing, weakness, collapsing, or exercise intolerance can also be associated with heart disease or congestive heart failure.
Why does my pet need an echocardiogram?
Echocardiography is an ultrasound of the heart. This is one of the most important tools in diagnosing heart disease. It is an non-invasive test which allows the cardiologist to evaluate heart structure and function. This test is performed by having the patient gently placed on their side and takes around 15-25 minutes. There is rarely a need to shave any fur, or sedate, and it is not painful. The gold standard in vet medicine, as well as in pediatrics, is to have an echo performed by a boarded cardiologist.
What happens during an appointment?
We arrange for the appointment at your vets office. During your pet's appointment, Dr. Keegan will complete a cardiac physical examination and review any medical records. An echocardiogram and an EKG will be performed. A report with the results and treatment recommendations will be given to you and your veterinarian. All findings, prognosis, and treatment will be explained. Any questions will be answered.
What should I do in case of an emergency?
Please contact or go to your veterinarian or the nearest emergency clinic immediately. We will make every effort to consult on these cases if requested. If you are not sure if your pet is having an emergency or if your veterinarian is not available, please contact your nearest veterinary emergency clinic