At HeartVets we are fully equipped to investigate symptoms associated with cardiac disease in all veterinary patients. All of our clinics offer advanced echocardiography with high quality Doppler capability. We have a number of Holter monitors (lightweight digital ECG recorders) allowing assessment of heart rate and rhythm in the clinic as well as resting or exercising at home.
Coughing can be a sign of cardiac disease but is also commonly caused by respiratory disease. For these cases bronchoscopy can be performed under general anaesthesia, to visualise the airways and collect samples from deep within the lungs. This is always available at Vale Referrals and can often be arranged at our satellite clinics (please discuss with your local Heartvets cardiologist about referral of respiratory investigations).
What we do
Small Animal Investigations
Murmur investigations typically involve 2D, M-Mode and Doppler echocardiography. Blood pressure measurement, ECG and thoracic radiography (chest X-Rays) may also be required. These investigations are usually performed with the patient conscious, however a light sedation may be useful for the more detailed measurements in anxious or restless patients.
Collapse investigations usually involve echocardiography, ECG, Holter monitoring, and may also require thoracic radiography and blood tests.
Investigation of coughing/breathlessness where cardiac disease has been excluded usually require thoracic radiography and bronchoscopy under general anaesthesia. Computed tomography (CT) imaging is also extremely useful for assessing the lung tissue, which we offer at some of our centres.
Cardiac Interventional procedures and Surgery
Ultrasound guided pericardial and thoracic drainage procedures can be performed at any of our clinics.
We regularly perform cardiac interventions alongside our consultant cardiologist Mike Martin. We accept referrals for PDA occlusion, balloon valvuloplasty of valve stenosis and pacemaker implantation. In addition we can arrange surgical procedures such as ligation of patent ductus arteriosus or pericardectomy at Vale Referrals, alongside referral soft tissue surgeons.
Investigations of poor performance, heart murmur or arrhythmia can be arranged at your veterinary facility or at your client's yard. A full clinical examination is usually followed by echocardiography +/- exercise ECG.
All of the HeartVets cardiologists are happy to offer case advice over the phone.
We also can often provide abdominal ultrasonography - please discuss this with your local cardiologist first.
HeartVets can arrange bespoke CPD on a private or goup basis.
Expert witness and consultancy services are available for drug trials, legal disputes and insurance queries. Please contact us for further information.