New to Langford Vets | Cardiac Screening Clinics

New to Langford Vets | Cardiac Screening Clinics
Certain breeds of dog and cat are at higher risk of inherited heart disease. Langford Vets are now offering two screening clinics to help identify early heart disease in animals.


Pedigree heart testing clinic

Our team of three Cardiology Diplomates are all accredited by the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society for screening, and we are an active centre for research into inherited heart disease.

What diseases are we screening for?

  • Subaortic stenosis; Boxer dogs, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, English Bull Terriers, Newfoundlands, Golden Retrievers, Dogue de Bordeaux, and others
  • Pulmonic stenosis; French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, and many more breeds
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy; Dobermans, Newfoundlands, Boxer dogs, and more
  • Mitral valve disease; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (new scheme accredited by the Kennel Club, for 2018)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; Sphynx, Maine Coon, Ragdoll, British Shorthair, Bengal, Norwegian Forest, Birman and other pedigree cat breeds.

Mitral valve screening clinic 

We are also pleased to launch a new mitral valve screening clinic for any older, small breed dog with an incidentally detected left sided heart murmur. Recent scientific evidence shows us that dogs with mitral valve disease and cardiac enlargement will benefit significantly from treatment with pimobendan, even in the absence of clinical signs. However, dogs with no cardiac remodelling on a heart scan may not require treatment for several years, if at all. To this end, cardiologists now recommend assessing heart size in older small breed dogs with a characteristic mitral murmur. Although a chest x-ray can be helpful, echocardiography detects significant disease far earlier, meaning we can help sooner.

Our screening clinic offers a heavily discounted rate of only £200 for suitable dogs to have a heart scan and a report sent to their primary vet with treatment and monitoring advice. In addition, blood tests for cardiac biomarkers can be performed for a significantly reduced rate to help by providing additional information on heart health and to possibly help monitoring via primary vets in suitable cases.


What do these clinics involve?

Breed screening:

  • This clinic DOES NOT require a referral from a primary vet practice
  • Full clinical examination
  • Complete Doppler echocardiographic scan
  • Certification on official forms from the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society
  • Blood tests for cardiac biomarkers (proBNP and cardiac troponin; elective)
  • A non-invasive cheek swab will be taken for storage of DNA for future research studies.


Mitral valve screening:

  • This clinic DOES require a referral from the dog’s primary vet practice
  • Full clinical examination
  • Complete Doppler echocardiographic scan
  • Blood tests for cardiac biomarkers (proBNP and cardiac troponin; elective).

Please note: there will NOT be a full consultation with a cardiologist as part of this clinic, but a report will be sent to primary vets within 24 hours.

Pedigree dogs presented to the mitral valve screening clinic will not receive official certification for breeding; this is a clinical service and reports will be sent to primary vets for use in clinical decision making.

For further details please contact our Small Animal Referral Hospital at