What is pet cardiology?
Cardiology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the muscles and valves of the heart. Just like people, pets can have congenital heart conditions or heart disease that develops over time. Our veterinarians routinely diagnose and treat heart conditions in dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits.
How are pet heart conditions detected?
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has several non-invasive ways of checking on the functioning and condition of a pet’s heart muscles and valves.
- Digital X-ray—Our digital X-ray technology can reveal many issues with the heart, including size, shape, and position, as well as condition of valves and muscles.
- Digital ultrasound—Using our ultrasound technology, our veterinarians can observe the heart in motion. This non-invasive procedure has proven especially helpful in diagnosing early stages of heart disease in both dogs and cats.
- Doppler blood pressure measurement—Similar to humans, variations in normal blood pressure can indicate a more serious concern in pets.
What kinds of cardiology resources does Oakhurst have?
Our veterinarians work closely with one another and any pet that has an advanced condition will receive the benefits and expertise of several veterinarians. We also maintain excellent relationships with area veterinary specialists so that if your pet needs a cardiologist or we need advanced diagnosis, we can tap into our network of specialists and provide your pet with exactly what he or she needs.
How can I find out more?
If we can be of service to your pet, please contact our knowledgeable and compassionate staff and doctors for a consultation.