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Veterinary Cardiology

Veterinary cardiology

Conditions of the heart, lungs, and chest are among the most serious conditions in pets. Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center professionals are skilled and experienced in cardio-respiratory medicine, regularly diagnosing and treating such conditions.

Treating Heart & Lung Conditions and Diseases

Often a cough is the only indicator of a heart or lung problem. As a non-specific symptom, cough can be the result of heart, lung, or upper airway disease. The complex anatomy and critical nature of those structures combine to make diseases of these systems significant to health and survival.

When we suspect heart and lung problems, complete diagnostic testing is essential. This testing includes lab work on blood and urine, as well as diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT). Endoscopy may also be used to explore the lungs and biopsy tissue.


An echocardiogram is a specialized kind of ultrasound used to view the heart. The transducer is placed in position at an angle designed to bounce sound waves off the walls and valves of the heart in order examine heart chamber size, wall motion, valve movements, and structural changes in and around the heart, as well as the aorta, carotid (neck) arteries, and renal (kidney) arteries.

Doppler echocardiography, a particular kind of echocardiography, uses the ultrasound to determine the direction and velocity of blood flow within the cardiovascular system. These procedures are designed to investigate cardiac and blood vessel problems like heart murmurs or congestive heart failure.

Cardio-Respiratory Medicine Services

You can expect the highest standard of care when your pet is being diagnosed or treated for heart and lung disease. Services you may expect for your pet include the following:

  • Detailed history
  • Physical examination
  • Auscultation (in-depth assessment of sounds in the heart and lungs)
  • Laboratory examination
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Overall treatment plan
  • Client education
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Nebulization
  • Cardiac telemetry
  • Monitoring and follow up

To discuss concerns about your pet’s heart or lungs, contact us today.