028 38 352640
What is a doppler heart scan in dogs and cats?
Doppler echocardiography (also known as a heart scan) is a safe, non invasive way
of imaging the heart. People are usually familiar with an ultrasound scan of a pregnancy
in humans and this is largely the same. The difference being that the direction of
blood flow and its velocity can be measured, meaning we can detect abnormalities
within the heart and the large blood vessels around it that might be causing your
pet to be unwell.
How is a doppler heart scan performed in dogs and cats?
Your dog or cat will typically not receive any sedation to have a heart scan done.
Your pet will lie on their side as in the photograph above and we will scan the heart
through the chest from underneath. Only very occasionally do we give mild sedation
if an animal is very fractious. Sedatives can affect the measurements taken and give
rise to misleading results.
What information can the vet obtain from a Doppler heart scan in your dog or cat?
We use echocardiography for the investigation of heart murmurs (to find out where
the murmur originates from, a murmur being an extra noise other than the normal heart
beats), it is also used to investigate the thickness of the heart muscle, the size
of the heart chambers and to assess their function, ie. how well the heart is contracting
Greenmount Veterinary Clinic
72 Gilford Road,
Portadown, Co Armagh,
Tel: 028 38 358525/352640
If your pet is suffering from symptoms arising from a heart murmurs, breathing problems, collapsing or any other condition you fear may be causing them distress or harm, contact us any time, night or day, on our normal number to arrange to be seen by our emergency vets: 028 38 358525.
An appointment to be seen by Neil can then be scheduled as soon as possible.
What treatment is available for these canine and feline conditions diagnosed by a doppler heart scan?
Various medical treatments are available depending on the condition diagnosed and
depending on whether or not your pet has clinical signs of heart disease, which might
be coughing, weakness or exercise intolerance.
Telephone 028 38 358525 to speak with Neil Walmsley to arrange an examination or to discuss a case
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