Just like humans, dogs and cats suffer from cardio-vascular diseases, some of which are breed-specific. Veterinary cardiology therefore includes screening for congenital diseases in high risk breeds and our clinic has at your disposal all the means to diagnose and follow up on the most common cardiac problems
We listen to the heart and check the heart rate which will vary if there is a problem and look out for murmurs which sometimes point to a suspected pulmonary oedema.
Radiography will allow heart failure to be diagnosed particularly in animals showing signs of respiratory distress and/or coughing. It will also confirm the presence of pulmonary oedema.
An electrocardiogram will measure the electrical activity of the heart, allowing us to identify most cardiac pathologies.
Ultrasound remains the best technique for examination. It allows us to mesure the heart’s cavities and the thickness of its walls. It also allows us to view the cardiac valves and assess how well they are functioning. In Doppler mode, blood flow can be visualized, vitally helpful in diagnosing and monitoring pathologies, especially those which are congenital.
For progressive pathologies, life span is directly proportional to the rapidity of diagnosis and treatment. The detection of rhythm disorders, murmurs or of any other symptoms suggestive of cardiac disease are signs often only detected during a consultation. In this case, a full cardiac check-up is imperative.This check-up can be performed in our clinic and includes :
- Blood tests
- Blood pressure
- Ultrasounds, a specialized examination, which provides essential information on how the heart and valves are functioning.