Does Your Pet Have Heart Disease? We Have an Opportunity for You!

We want to inform our clients of an internal event upcoming for Echocardiograms that we will be hosting in our clinic on August 12th.  We have the scheduling ability for 5-6 patients.

To thank you for your assistance in our echo event, services are offered at a discounted price!

What is an Echocardiogram?

An Echocardiogram is a non-invasive ultrasound that looks at the heart structures and test the function of the heart using ultrasound waves that produce a visual display in order to diagnose and monitor heart disease.  The high frequency sound waves help the Veterinarian look at the structure, size, shape, chambers, and valves. 

Why would my pet need this?

If your pet has heart disease, your pet may be a good candidate. If you are noticing exercise intolerance, increased coughing, need for frequent heart medication changes, never completed an Echocardiogram, has an upcoming anesthetic procedure, OR if you would like to know exactly what function may be abnormal within your pet’s heart.  

What will happen the day of testing?

Your pet will be dropped off in the morning and stay with us throughout the day.  Some animals have a harder time sitting still for the ultrasound and may require a low dose sedation. This is not a full general anesthetic event, and your pet will still be aware of their surroundings.

Animals may have a 3-4” x 3-4” square of missing hair from being shaved on either side of their chest to obtain adequate visual and get the best pictures for diagnosing.  Hair can cause artifact in ultrasound imaging, and we want to make sure we are getting adequate images for you and your pet. 

Your pet does not need to be fasted for an Echocardiogram; however due to sedation needs, please withhold food the morning of.  IF your pet takes daily medications, please ask about administration of these when you call to schedule. 

Inclusions of visit: 

  • Hospitalization & monitoring for the day
  • Clipping of minimal hair
  • Blood pressure assessment(s) 
  • Minimum of 2 view radiographs (X-rays)- X-rays are ok to use if they have been completed within the previous 30 days and there have been no new medication changes. 
  • Nursing care- cage side treatments (bathroom breaks, water, attention, and well checks, vital checks)
  • Ultrasound: Echocardiogram (measurements and imaging)
  • Telemedicine interpretation: Radiologist review the Echocardiogram
  • +/- Medication administration for sedation
  • +/- ECG readings- only if indicated 

If you have additional heart concerns for your pet or questions about further recommendations to better understand your pet’s heart condition, and pet’s prognosis, this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered with detailed information. 
Please do not administer any sedative agents to your pet prior to your arrival. If you are interested and would like further information, or to schedule, please call our office at 920-725-8307.