Cardiology is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases of the heart. Here at SylvaniaVet, our doctors have in hospital x-ray, electrocardiogram and ultrasound machines to help diagnose and monitor heart problems. Testing blood pressure on dogs and cats is not as easy as it is for humans, but we do our best to keep the patient calm and to get an accurate reading.
Having this equipment is not only beneficial to patients exhibiting symptoms of heart issues, but also has helped us find problems prior to being put under anesthesia. While under anesthesia, every patient has their blood pressure, and other vitals, monitored and recorded by a licensed veterinary technician.
We have also added the ability to use a Holter monitor to track long-term but infrequent ECG problems. If your dog goes to a specialist for this service, there is a charge of over $500. We can also monitor high risk patients without having to keep cables attached. The blue tooth remote monitoring technology is totally state of the art in vet med.
General practitioners are not qualified to do echocardiograms and make a proper diagnosis. For this reason we regularly refer to a board certified cardiologist for proper diagnosis. Even though we have an advanced ultrasound machine, we recognize our limitations and make the referral when necessary. Unfortunately there is no cardiologist in the area, so we have to refer to specialty practices in the Detroit area. We are working to have a cardiologist come to SylvaniaVET periodically so the service is more convenient.