Echocardiogram for Pets: fast, accurate results reviewed by veterinary cardiologist through advanced telemedicine

Understanding Echocardiogram for Your Pet’s Health

An echocardiogram, also known as an ultrasound of the heart, is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses sound waves to create images of the heart and its structures in dogs and cats. This test helps veterinarians diagnose and evaluate various heart conditions such as heart murmurs, valve disease, and congenital heart defects. It is generally safe, painless, and allows for accurate assessment of the heart’s function and structures. Echocardiograms can also be used to monitor the progress of treatment in animals with known heart disease.

echocardiogramHow We Utilize Telemedicine for Precision

We harness the latest in telemedicine advancements to ensure the utmost accuracy and thoroughness in our diagnostic procedures. A skilled veterinary sonographer remotely accesses our ultrasound system, providing real-time support to guarantee precise images and measurements. These valuable results are then sent to a veterinary cardiologist with Oncura for interpretation, and we promptly communicate any diagnoses and necessary follow-up care to you.

When is an Echocardiogram Indicated?

An echocardiogram is indicated in dogs and cats when a veterinarian suspects a heart problem or to evaluate the heart’s function and structure in animals with known heart disease. Some common signs that may prompt a veterinarian to recommend an echocardiogram include a heart murmur, coughing, difficulty breathing, exercise intolerance, and sudden collapse.

Additionally, an echocardiogram may be recommended as a routine screening tool in certain breeds of dogs that are known to be at a higher risk for developing heart disease.

Expect Quick Results and Compassionate Care

After completing the echocardiogram, we swiftly submit images and patient history to a veterinary cardiologist for interpretation. You can typically expect results within 24 hours, ensuring timely insights into your pet’s health. While sedation is administered for the exam, rest assured that our team prioritizes your pet’s comfort and well-being throughout the process.

FAQs: Addressing Your Concerns

Will my pet need to be anesthetized?

Most often, general anesthesia is unnecessary. We lightly sedate the patient to ensure a relaxed and calm examination experience.

Will you have to shave my pet’s fur?

Yes, but only the amount necessary for optimal contact with the skin and to obtain clear images.

Will my pet need to be fasted prior to the exam?

Yes, we generally ask that you withhold food for 8 hours prior to the exam, though free access to water is allowed.

How do I care for my pet after the echocardiogram?

After the echocardiogram, your pet may experience lingering effects of sedation for up to 12 hours. During this time, limit social encounters with small children and other pets to ensure your pet’s well-being and the well-being of others.