Cardiology

The hospital is equipped with state of the art imaging systems to diagnose all types of heart diseases such as:

Mitral Valve Disease

Mitral Valve Disease

Mitral valve degeneration affects 10% of older small breeds pets, it is also called Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD, chronic mitral valve disease, mitral insufficiency, and endocardiosis) is the most common cardiac condition seen in dogs. It is mostly, but not exclusively, a disease of smaller breed dogs, and is seen in middle-age or geriatric dogs. The first sign is a heart murmur.

Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy (dilated or hypertrophic) is a primary disease of the heart muscle of the ventricles. They will affect dogs and cats with some specificities. Some dog breeds are particularly affected like Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, Portuguese water dogs, Dalmatians Boxers, and Cocker spaniel. Because of the strong breed association, DCM almost certainly is inherited in many breeds. Genetic mutations that are associated with DCM have been identified in Doberman Pinschers, Boxers. Genetic testing for these mutations can be done for each.

In some dogs, DCM is due to a nutritional deficiency. Taurine is an amino acid required for the development and function of the myocardium. Consequently, pets may develop DCM on taurine-deficient diets, such as vegetarian diets, and may benefit from appropriate supplementation.

Heart Tumor, Hemangiosarcoma

Heart Tumor, Hemangiosarcoma

The heart-based hemangiosarcoma exerts its life-threatening effects by bleeding. Tumors are generally located around the right side of the heart base.The heart is enclosed in a sac called the pericardium. When the hemangiosarcoma bleeds, the blood fills up the pericardium until it is so full that the heart inside is under so much pressure that it has no room to fill with the blood it needs to pump.