Cardiac Consultations All patients will receive a comprehensive cardiovascular physical examination. We will review past history and medical records performed in order to determine the best treatment plan for your pet.
Therapeutic Recommendations Together with your veterinarian we will create a comprehensive treatment plan for your pet. Our goal is to encourage the best quality of life for your pet while considering your goals and expectations. You know your pet best.
Continued follow-up Veterinary Cardiology Services will continue to work with you and your veterinarian; offering follow-up care and case management advice, as long as you like.
Radiographs (xray) Xrays are an essential part of a comprehensive cardiac evaluation. They are used to evaluate general heart size as well as lung changes which can develop with heart failure (lung fluid), cancer, or chronic airway disease.
Blood pressure BP analysis may be recommended in patients with known pre-existing conditions that can lead to hypertension (i.e., chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, etc).
Electrocardiography (ECG) This test evaluates for heart rhythm or abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
Holter Monitoring and Event Recording For animals who need further evaluation of arrhythmia, a small beeper-like device that is fitted into a harness and worn by your pet 24 hours in the comfort of your home.
Echocardiography (Ultrasound of the Heart) Patients will receive a full echocardiogram by a board certified veterinary cardiologist. This is a non-invasive test to determine the exact type and severity of congenital or acquired heart disease present.
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Thoracocentesis& Abdominocentesis(Removal of fluid from the chest or belly). Fluid within the chest cavity (pleural effusion) and belly (abdominal effusion) can occur secondary to a variety of conditions, often from cardiac disease. Removal of the fluid with a needle may be required to alleviate trouble breathing or discomfort.
Pericardiocentesis Pericardial effusion (fluid within the heart sac) can quickly lead to sudden weakness, collapse, and even loss of life. It is often an emergency. The fluid may be caused by cancer, idiopathic (no cause seen), congestive heart failure, etc. A needle/catheter is inserted into the heart sac through the chest wall. This is generally well tolerated and usually performed without sedation
Fine Needle Aspirates Thoracic (chest) tumors or enlarged lymph nodes can often be sampled. A small needle is inserted into the tumor using ultrasound guidance. A pathologist interprets the results.
If you are not sure if your pet needs a cardiologist, please contact us, or call your veterinarian for an appointment
Monday - Friday 8am-5pm / After hours and emergencies, call for availability