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Cardiac (Heart) Disease Work-ups

We have the ability to do a full diagnostic work up for any potential heart diseases. This includes the following services:


Measures and evaluates the electrical activity of the heart to diagnose potential heart conditions your pet may be experiencing. 


(Echo) is a graphic outline of the heart's movement. During an echo test, ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) from a hand-held wand placed on your pet’s chest provides pictures of the heart's valves and chambers and helps the sonographer evaluate the pumping action of the heart.  Your pet will need to have a small square of hair shaved, and might need a light sedative in order to complete the workup. 

Radiographs (X-rays)

Chest X-rays produce images of your pet’s heart, lungs, blood vessels, airways, and the bones of the chest and spine.  These complete the picture of the heart’s health when combined with the other diagnostic heart work-up options.  

All of these services are non-invasive and can be done without anesthesia, but sometimes require a light sedative for the comfort of the pet.  

When would my pet need cardiac workup?

Our doctors may recommend an EKG if they hear that your pet has a heart murmur during an exam, if we are planning to schedule anesthesia for your senior pet, or if they are experiencing any symptoms of heart related conditions. If your pet is experiencing symptoms such as lethargy, fainting, shortness of breath, or other irregular behaviors, contact us immediately as those could be indications of heart disease.

Once the cardiac workup is complete, your veterinarian will be better able to come up with a treatment plan that works best for your pet’s individual situation, and ensure that it is safe to continue with any procedures that require anesthesia.