If you suspect your animal companion has a heart condition, a veterinary cardiologist can examine the problem to determine what is affecting your pet and recommend a suitable treatment. Heart conditions are often fatal, and that is why it is recommended to act fast. If you are in Boca Raton, schedule an appointment at West Boca Veterinary Center for pet cardiology services to determine if your animal has a heart issue and what can be done about it.
What is Pet Cardiology?
Pet cardiology is a branch of veterinary science that deals with the study of diseases related to the heart. Pet cardiology includes diagnosis, treatment, and medication for animals suffering from various forms of heart disease. Note that while your regular veterinarian may be able to diagnose certain common illnesses, heart issues often require a professional pet cardiologist to make an exact and better diagnosis for the best results.
Cardiology Services for Diagnosis and Treatment
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) to determine rate and rhythm.
- Echocardiography to visualize the interior structures and movement of the valve during the contraction/relaxation process. These valves open to permit blood flow through the chambers during contraction; they close up to prevent a backflow of blood during relaxation.
- Chest X-rays to determine the pressure on the heart and lungs as well as rule out pneumothorax (collapsed lung) and other causes for breathing problems.
- A stress test is recommended if your pet appears to be in normal health but there is a chance that your pet’s daily activities may be the reason behind a slowing pulse rate. Our veterinarians will recommend an exercise regime and provide instructions about measuring your pet’s heart rate under different conditions of stress such as during exercise, rest, and excitement.
- A Holter monitor provides information about cardiac rhythm even when your pet isn't at our office. The device gets attached with Velcro straps around the chest area of dogs or cats and can be worn for one to two weeks. Whenever your animal experiences any kind of heart problem, the device will record it and you will be notified by email or phone about the issue. This device is also helpful for discovering which activities trigger a cardiac event, be it a short run after a squirrel, the excitement of going to the beach, or the stress at home while awaiting your return from work.
Contact West Boca Veterinary Center for Pet Cardiology Services
Don't wait if you suspect your cat or dog has a heart problem. Our veterinarians at West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton provide pet cardiology services to determine the issue before it becomes serious. Call our team today at (561) 451-8838 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.