How can I schedule an appointment?
If signs of cardiac disease are recognized by your regular veterinarian, an appointment can be arranged by your veterinarian at the convenience of their office.
What is a board certified cardiologist?
A board certified cardiologist has received extensive training. Following 4 years of veterinary school, a veterinary cardiologist must complete an additional 4-5 years of internship and residency training in the specialty of cardiology and pass 2 specialty examinations. Your veterinarian may recommend a consultation with a cardiologist if he or she hears a murmur or abnormal heart rhythm during an examination.
What is an echocardiogram?
Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This is one of the most important tools in diagnosing heart disease. An echocardiogram is noninvasive and involves gentle restraint on your pet’s side. Sedation is not commonly required. With ultrasound, a cardiologist can visualize and measure the heart chambers, evaluate the heart’s function, and observe both normal blood flow and any disturbances through the heart and great vessels. The most complete echocardiogram is performed by a board certified cardiologist.
What is an electrocardiogram?
An electrocardiogram is a recording of the heart’s electrical activity or rhythms. This can detect an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, detected on examination or can be used to determine the presence of an arrhythmia if one is suspected based on your pets symptoms such as fainting (syncope)
What should I do in case of an emergency?
If you feel your pet is in distress, please contact your regular veterinarian or go to 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