Cardiology

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Welcome to the Cardiology Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Our team in Davis consists of three board-certified faculty veterinarians, three resident veterinarians training to be cardiology specialists, and technical staff dedicated to providing compassionate, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to animals with cardiovascular disease. We also have two cardiologists at our satellite facility in San Diego.

The majority of our patients are dogs and cats, but we regularly examine horses and exotic pets like birds, reptiles, small mammals and 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.