Heart disease can be life-threatening to your pet; therefore, accurately diagnosing the severity of heart disease is critical to treating and maintaining your pet’s quality of life. Diagnosing cardiac disease properly requires an electrocardiogram, chest radiographs and ultrasound to determine the full extent of cardiac disease.
Many heart abnormalities can be diagnosed by an electrocardiogram (ECG). This diagnostic procedure aids our doctors in assessing heart rate, heart rhythms, and in diagnosing many cardiac abnormalities that can affect your pet. It is part of our comprehensive cardiac diagnostics, but can also be used as a screening tool to check your pet for arrhythmias. All of our anesthetized patients are monitored with a digital ECG during the procedure, and a printed ECG is often utilized when diagnosing various heart conditions.
Images of your pets chest are essential to helping our Veterinarian's evaluate the size of the heart and major vessels along with any lung or airway abnormalities that may be present concurrently. Typically three survey views are taken for initial evaluation, and other views if certain areas of the chest need to be evaluated.
Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiography)
An ultrasound of the heart allows the veterinarian to view the inside of the heart at the valves and chambers that control blood flow. Cardiomyopathies and certain valvular diseases can be diagnosed and be treated more specifically based on the information we obtain from the echocardiogram.