The Cardiology Department at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital specializes in diseases affecting a pet’s heart and lungs. Our doctors have experience in treating acquired and congenital heart disease as well as pericardial disease. In addition to treating these types of diseases, we respond to your pet’s needs as a whole, ensuring your pet’s overall well-being.
Congenital refers to developmental changes in the heart that are typically present in patients since birth. The severity of these diseases is evaluated using echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, and angiography. Several diseases, such as pulmonic stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus, may be cured or have their severity greatly reduced with surgery.
Pericardial refers to changes in the sac, or pericardium, that surrounds the heart. The most common type is the formation of fluid in the pericardium. We are unique in our ability to perform many procedures using both invasive and non-invasive techniques, which helps patients avoid large incisions and long recovery times.
Pets with heart disease or other ailments affecting the heart and lungs may not always have visible signs of discomfort. Others may experience difficulty breathing, coughing, fainting, or lethargy depending on the stage of illness. A physical examination and diagnostic tests, along with your observations about your pet’s health and behavior, will give our doctors the information they need to help you and your pet.
Our cardiologists are able to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including:
• Congenital Heart Disease
• Congestive Heart Failure
• Pericardial Effusion
• Pleural Space Disease
• Pulmonary Disease
• Valvular Disease
While some conditions may require surgery, others can be managed with medications. In all cases, we are prepared to consult with other specialists, when needed, and return your pet home with the highest quality of life and comfort as possible.
What is a board certified veterinary cardiologist?
Board-certified cardiologists are specialists who focus on diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart and lungs. In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, board-certified cardiologists are similar to their human medical counterparts in that they have completed an internship and residency in their specialized field (an additional 3-5 years training). This is followed by a rigorous examination to achieve board-certification status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) which oversees specialties in cardiology, internal medicine, oncology and neurology. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM). The area of concentration is then placed in parenthesis after that title. For example, DACVIM (Cardiology). The ACVIM believes that veterinary specialists bring a greater understanding in these fields and have a greater knowledge of the more unusual, uncommon, and rare disorders in both large and small animals.