Referral & Specialty Services
CARDIOLOGY VETERINARY SERVICES
United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency is a leading choice for veterinary cardiology in the Mountain View area.
Heart disease is common in pets and can be successfully managed by the cardiac team at United Specialty. Heart diseases in pets include congenital heart diseases (from birth), cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle), valvular heart disease (disease of the heart valves) and, just like in humans, congestive heart failure.
Clinical Signs of Heart Disease in Pets
Dogs and cats with heart disease can have clinical signs that pet owners may not think are related to the heart. Coughing, lack of appetite, exercise intolerance, general malaise, or fainting spells are all common clinical signs of heart disease. Other pets may have no noticeable clinical signs but are diagnosed with heart disease during their annual wellness exam. Heart murmurs, irregular rhythm, or abnormal heart rate are diseases which are often diagnosed by family veterinarians during a pet’s wellness exam. Many heart abnormalities are secondary to other medical conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) in cats.
Cardiology Care at United Veterinary Specialty
You and your pet will meet with one of our Veterinary Cardiologists to discuss your pet’s medical history. During your pet’s initial appointment, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical exam and our Veterinary Cardiologist will evaluate your pet’s condition. During this appointment, our specialist will discuss with you the options available for diagnostics and treatment for your pet. Once you and our specialist develop a diagnostic plan for your pet, our cardiology team will begin the approved diagnostics and/or treatment plan. We will continue to work with you and your family veterinarian offering follow-up care, additional testing and medical advice.
About United Veterinary Specialty’s Cardiology Department
- United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Veterinarians are board-certified Veterinarians, Diplomates of the ACVIM within the College of Cardiology.
- This certification means our board-certified Veterinary Cardiologists received a minimum of an additional 3 years of extensive post-doctoral training in diagnostic techniques as well as medical and interventional therapies specific to cardiac diseases. They also successfully completed of a rigorous series of examinations administered by the ACVIM.
- Our Veterinary Cardiologists have an interest and expertise entirely dedicated to the heart and vascular diseases, their prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and are up to date with the latest treatment options and veterinary research.
- Our Cardiology Department has extensive experience managing and treating all types of heart disease in dogs and cats.
- Our facility offers state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive diagnostic tools. Our most common procedures include:
- Electrocardiogram Monitoring and Recording
- Blood Pressure Measurement and Monitoring
- Cardiac Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Management
- Cardiac OFA Certification
- Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease Diagnosis and Management
- Congestive Heart Failure Management – Acute and Chronic
- Echocardiograms with Spectral, Tissue, and Color-flow Doppler Capabilities
- Holter Monitoring (24-hour)
- Medical Management of Systemic and Pulmonary Hypertension
- Thoracic Radiography
- Medical management of congenital and acquired heart disease
- Continued follow-up and consultation with your family veterinarian
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