The Cardiology department provides diagnosis and treatment for heart conditions in pets. Our doctors have the ability to manage or treat conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and valvular disorders.
Companion animals with heart disease can have symptoms that seem unrelated to heart conditions, which may cause them to go undiagnosed during routine examinations.
These symptoms include:
- Lack of appetite
- Exercise intolerance
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Rapid breathing at rest
- Elevated heart rate
- Fainting spells
To obtain a diagnosis of our patient’s condition, we examine his or her full medical history and perform diagnostic testing such as blood work, chest x-rays, and an echocardiogram. These tools help us confirm the presence of an underlying heart problem and assess its severity. Depending on the pet's condition, we may pursue a variety of treatment plans including prescription medications, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, pacemaker implantation, and/or cardiac surgery.
Our Cardiology department is staffed by board-certified specialist, Dr. Nick Schroeder, along with a team of experienced technicians with specific training in Cardiology.