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 Cardiology consultation in a dog or cat: what are the indications and procedure? What is the price?

A cardiology consultation is a visit during which the veterinarian conducts a medical interview to screen for heart diseases, as well as an auscultation of the patient and an echocardiogram. An echocardiogram, often known as echocardiography, is an essential examination of the structure of the heart. The veterinarian can use it to assess the thickness of the atrial and ventricular walls, the function of the heart valves, the efficiency of the heart muscle, and blood flow in the atria and ventricles.

This is a non-invasive procedure with no risks to the patient. It visualizes the anatomy and function of certain heart structures by using ultrasonic waves emitted and received by a specialized probe.

This service is available in Pethelp packages. Package prices start at 89 PLN/month


Echocardiography in dogs and cats - indications

If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, it may require a cardiology consultation:

  • Quick fatigue and fainting
  • A racial proclivity for heart disease
  • Cough unrelated to the respiratory system
  • The need for cardiac control prior to premedication
  • Murmurs and abnormal heart sounds during auscultation

Echocardiography in dogs and cats – contraindications

Echocardiography has no contraindications because it is a non-invasive and painless examination. It is safe to perform on animals of all ages, including pregnant dogs and cats.

How is echocardiography performed in cats and dogs?

The examination is very efficient if the patient cooperates and does not try to escape from the vet. The vet will require access to the left side of the animal's chest. If necessary, the doctor will shave a small piece of hair to keep the probe close to the animal's skin. A special gel is applied to the probe, which allows for proper image reception. The animal will not be harmed if it licks the gel remnants off its hair because the gel is non-toxic to the organism. The veterinarian will properly position the patient and request assistance in immobilizing the pet. After the examination, the owner receives a detailed description of the heart structures that were examined.


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