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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.
After a thorough history and physical examination, diagnostic imaging may be 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.
X-Rays of the Chest – Radiographs can help our veterinarians to determine whether your pet’s heart is normal in size and shape, and whether there are any signs of heart failure, such as fluid buildup in the lungs.
Blood Pressure – Routinely checking blood pressure at pet wellness exams may be necessary for your pet. High blood pressure can be treated with medications if necessary.
Blood Tests – Blood tests can indicate numerous things about the overall health of your pet, including liver and kidney function, as well as blood cell counts. This information will help our doctors to select an appropriate treatment plan for your pet.
EKGs – An electrocardiogram 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.
If you have any questions, or think that your pet may be suffering from heart disease, please call our office for an appointment today.