Heart Care for Pets: Veterinary Cardiology & ECG Services
Summertree veterinarians offer cardiology services for pets. Veterinary cardiology is a specialty dealing with disorders of the heart. Our services include diagnosis and treatment of heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and heart valve disease.
Our veterinarians are proactive in diagnosing and treating your pet with heart disease. While we sometimes see young pets born with heart abnormalities, we most often think of heart problems in older pets. However, companion animals that have been neglected, have other diseases impacting the heart, or those that are obese may also develop heart disease.
Sadly, we still see animals that have had little or no dental care throughout their lives suffering from secondary heart problems. In addition, many dogs and cats with heartworm disease become gravely ill and die in spite of the simple and reasonable preventives available today. These and other forms of heart disease are quite preventable with appropriate care.
In treating your pet, our veterinarians will explain your options and make recommendations based upon your pet’s unique issues. We explain every procedure and treatment modality to your satisfaction. You will be offered as many resources as necessary to make an informed decision about your pet’s veterinary care.
Your pet’s comfort and well-being is our primary focus, and treatment is based on long-term quality of life. We are here to support and educate you—never hesitate to ask!
Diagnosing Heart Problems in Pets
Tests we may perform to diagnose your pet’s heart condition include blood work, X-rays, ultrasound, and electrocardiogram.
The electrical part of the heart causes regular contractions essential to pumping blood throughout the body. An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart. Electrocardiography measures this electrical activity of the heart over a period of time through electrodes attached to the skin. Heart activity is then recorded and printed out for the veterinarian.
This noninvasive procedure is painless and extremely useful in diagnosing and treating pet heart patients. ECG is used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats, the size and position of the chambers, damage to the heart, and the effects of drugs used to regulate the heart.
Our veterinarians are skilled in the use of electrocardiography and other tests to diagnose and monitor our heart patients. Discuss your pet’s heart condition with our veterinarians at your next visit—call our hospital today.