Here, at AHCVH, cardiac and echocardiogram services are essential components of comprehensive healthcare for pets. These services focus on the diagnosis and management of heart-related conditions in animals, ensuring their overall well-being and quality of life.

  1. Cardiac Consultations: The veterinary practice offers cardiac consultations with a skilled veterinarian who has advanced training in cardiac ultrasound. During these appointments, the veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination, listen to the heart sounds, and gather relevant medical history from the pet owner. The goal is to identify any potential cardiac issues or risk factors.
  2. Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram, also known as an ultrasound of the heart, is a non-invasive diagnostic tool used to assess the structure and function of the heart. The general practice is equipped with state-of-the-art echocardiography equipment that allows the veterinarian to visualize the heart’s chambers, valves, blood flow, and overall cardiac function. This aids in detecting abnormalities, such as heart murmurs, congenital defects, or signs of heart disease.
  3. Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG): The practice may also offer electrocardiography services to evaluate the electrical activity of the heart. This test is particularly useful in diagnosing arrhythmias and other electrical abnormalities that can affect the heart’s rhythm.
  4. Blood Pressure Monitoring: High blood pressure (hypertension) can be associated with heart disease and other health problems in animals. The veterinary practice may offer blood pressure monitoring services to assess and manage hypertension in pets.
  5. Heart Disease Management: If a pet is diagnosed with heart disease, the general practice will provide appropriate treatment and management plans. This may include medications, dietary adjustments, lifestyle modifications, and regular follow-up visits to monitor the pet’s progress.
  6. Education and Support: The veterinary team emphasizes client education, ensuring that pet owners understand their pet’s condition, treatment options, and the importance of follow-up care. They are always available to address any concerns or questions that the pet owners may have.
  7. Referral Services: In more complex cases or when specialized care is required, the general practice might collaborate with or refer the pet to a veterinary cardiologist or a specialized cardiology center. We do recommend referral to a Cardiologist for patients under 12 months of age showing signs of disease due to congenital disease processes being complex.

Overall, veterinary cardiac and echocardiogram services at a general practice aim to provide comprehensive care and early detection of cardiac issues in pets, helping them lead healthier and happier lives.