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?
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.
Mitral valve screening:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org