Our cardiology team is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive cardiac care for your pet. Our board-certified Cardiologist, Dr. Geri Lake-Bakaar performs a complete cardiac physical exam and our specialized Cardiology Technicians obtain a detailed medical history. Most visits involve an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), which enables your cardiologist to non-invasively assess cardiac structure and function, along with an electrocardiogram (ECG) to assess heart rhythm. She will then discusses your pet’s diagnosis in detail and provides a detailed report that includes treatment recommendations and plans, and when indicated, coordinates care with your regular veterinarian. When it all necessary, our cardiologist manages the hospitalization of your pet in our hospital, providing the specialized and individualized care necessary to stabilize your pet quickly and get your special family member home to you as soon as possible.
Specialized diagnostic tools available to be used by your cardiologist include:
A thorough medical history and physical examination can provide great insight into cardiovascular disease and enable us to design a personalized and effective diagnostic and treatment plan.
Echocardiography is the most efficient and accurate way to test for heart disease, enabling us to quickly reach a diagnosis and start a treatment plan.
*We also perform OFA Advanced Cardiac Tests.*
When a heart murmur or arrhythmia is detected on a pre-anesthetic examination, a cardiology workup can be essential to determining anesthetic risk and an appropriate anesthetic plan.
Electrocardiography & Holter Monitoring
Electrocardiography (ECG) is a method for detecting and diagnosing an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Additional testing, such as 24-hour Holter monitoring is sometimes also required to better assess the arrhythmia and optimize treatment.
Frequently, the first sign of heart disease occurs on an emergency basis. We go out of our way to be available to make sure every patient receives the treatment they need, even if it is after hours.