When you make an appointment with one of our board-certified cardiologists for your pet, your experience will start with our highly-trained customer service representatives.
Appointments for a new patients may vary in length of time, depending on your pet and the diagnostics that may be needed. These appointments are comprehensive and the diagnostics that we recommend for your pet take some time.
You will meet with one of our highly trained cardiology nurses to talk about your pet’s medical history, and concerns. This information is very important to the appointment so, try to be as detailed as possible. Often, once a pet is in the veterinary hospital setting, they may not exhibit the same symptoms that they do at home. Just like our diagnostic procedures, the history you can provide us about how your pet is at home will help guide the treatment.Your pet will not be away from you during the entire time. After your pet is taken to our treatment area, the diagnostics will begin.
A new patient appointment often includes an echocardiogram, comprehensive EKG, Doppler blood pressure, and full physical cardiac exam. If your pet needs additional diagnostics based on the results of the first testing, then we will speak to you about what needs to be performed and why.
Once your pet is returned to you, the doctor must perform a series of very specific and detailed measurements to obtain your pet’s diagnosis. From there, she will generate a report for you. The report will include the diagnosis, treatment plan and follow-up recommendations. You will have the opportunity to sit with the doctor so they can explain everything in detail.
Please bring in any medical history and test results that you have for your pet when you come to our hospital. Documenting energy/activity level, cough frequency, and breathing comfort are important to any cardiac visit.
For our cardiology patients, a recheck appointment will always be advised. This is dependent upon your pet’s condition and the severity or extent of disease. A visit is, of course, advised sooner if any problems arise.