Cardiology for Pets
Can my dog or cat have heart disease?
Heart disease can affect your pet at any age. Our veterinarians will examine your pet and may recommend bloodwork, an EKG (electrocardiogram), or an echocardiogram to evaluate the function of your pet’s heart.
What is an EKG (Electrocardiogram)?
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart. It is a noninvasive and safe procedure that uses clips (electrodes) placed on the skin over the legs and chest. Desert Dunes Animal Hospital uses an EKG by Idexx Telemedicine.
What is an Echocardiogram?
Echocardiogram is a complete non-invasive ultrasound study of the heart, evaluating the four heart valves, strength and thickness of the heart muscles, the pericardium, and the great veins and arteries, the filling (diastolic) and pumping (systolic) functions of the heart. The scan can identify cardiac tumors, congenital and heart disease.
Desert Dunes Animal Hospital offers veterinary specific Echocardiogram by Oncura Partners. Doctors and staff members have been extensively trained to obtain cardiac quality images that are interpreted by a cardiologist.
What will the cardiologist report include?
Oncura Partners cardiologist report will include; detailed information about the diagnosis, follow up recommendations, therapy and stage of cardiac disease.
Why do we recommend an Echocardiogram?
We recommend an echocardiogram for your pet if we suspect heart disease, irregular heart rhythm or if x-rays results are indicated.