Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of problems related to their heart and lungs. Cardiologists diagnose and treat diseases of the cardiovascular system, which include the heart (valves, muscle, and electrical conduction system) and blood vessels (veins & arteries), which can cause secondary changes to the lungs. While your family veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has undergone extensive specialized training in veterinary cardiology. As a specialty referral service, the cardiology department at GCVS is available and committed to working with your family veterinarian in an integrated team approach to better serve you and your pet.
Our highly trained, board certified cardiologist is equipped with advanced diagnostic techniques that are used to identify the heart problem suspected in your pet. These test results are then used to create a treatment plan specifically for your pet’s condition. Some of these techniques include echocardiography with 2D image, color flow Doppler, and Spectral Doppler capabilities, digital radiography (DR), electrocardiography (ECG or EKG), and Holter monitoring. Depending on the problems identified through diagnostic testing, treatment recommendations may be medical (e.g. starting or adding additional oral medications) or may require an interventional procedure (e.g. pacemaker implantation). Conditions we often treat include:
- Chronic valvular disease
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
- Pulmonary hypertension
Our multi-disciplinary approach and close cooperation among our specialists allows us to offer the best care available to the patients entrusted to us. With the support of a trained and dedicated staff, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists is committed to using science, technology and compassion to provide exceptional care for pets and their families.