Companion animals often develop heart defects. Their diagnosis and treatment require specialized equipment, training and expertise. But above all, they require constant communication between the pet owner and the veterinary cardiologist, so that the sick animal may enjoy a good quality of life. At Plakentia Veterinary Clinic, a routine cardiology check-up includes clinical exam, triplex exam, ECG and arterial pressure reading. The exam lasts for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the type of diagnostic check-up. A decision is then reached on a short- or long-term treatment approach. A detailed report with the findings of the cardiology check-up and everything discussed on the day of the exam is sent a few days later, along with a selection of ultrasound images. If the referring veterinarian or the owner wish so, they can have online access to all the ultrasound images (cine-loop technology).
The option of intensive 24-hour treatment is available for emergency or severe heart conditions that require hospitalization. This may include 24-hour oxygen therapy and progress monitoring by immediately evaluating the results of lab tests, as well as radiological and ultrasound scans.