William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

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Cardiology Services

The Cardiology Service has 2 board-certified faculty, 3 residents-in-training and technical staff dedicated to providing compassionate, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to animals with cardiovascular disease.

A majority of our patients are dogs and cats, but we regularly examine horses and other, less traditional pets (birds, reptiles, small mammals, zoo animals). Although many pets are referred to us by primary care veterinarians, anyone may request an appointment for their animal to be examined. Common reasons for cardiac examination in animals include heart murmurs, irregular heartbeats, respiratory complaints, and weakness or fainting. Because heart problems are common in older dogs and cats with other medical problems, we also perform many examinations on animals admitted to other services in the hospital (internal medicine, surgery, etc.), many of which are requested as part of a pre-operative evaluation.

The majority of animals can be completely evaluated using only non-invasive examination methods. We also offer minimally invasive (catheter-based) interventions to repair or improve certain congenital heart defects, and we have extensive experience implanting cardiac pacemakers in dogs with abnormally slow heart beats. We also have a board-certified faculty surgeon with training and experience in external and open-heart surgery, broadening the scope of treatment options available for some patients.