We are proud of providing a caring and dedicated cardiorespiratory service with unbeatable, unique expertise and facilities in the South West.
Our patients have access to state of the art facilities such a top of the range CT scan, echocardiography, fluoroscopy, access to specialist, on-site cytologists and a state of the art ICU for the critical patient. Our Specialist cardiologists work alongside other Specialists in critical care, anaesthesia and internal medicine to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach that provides holistic care of the highest quality.
All cases of cardiac and or respiratory diseases can be referred. We also see tertiary referrals for Cardiology certificate and diploma holders.
We hope you find the questions below useful. There is also a list of more general questions in our General Info for Owners pages.
If your puppy is older than 16 weeks, it should not have a heart murmur. Also a loud heart murmur is not normal. If this is the case you should present your puppy to a cardiologist.
You should not wait until your puppy is grown, as some congenital cardiac diseases can cause heart failure before your puppy is one year old. It might be possible to correct the disease and your puppy will have a normal life expectancy.
To find out what which cardiac disease might be present, we would scan the heart of your puppy. This enables us to assess the function of the heart and the cause of the heart murmur.
When we have found the cause of the heart murmur, we will discuss if treatment is needed and what are the best options for you.
If your pet has a lung disease, it might not be possible to schedule all investigations for one day. In these cases they might need to stay overnight. For hospitalisation every dog gets its own kennel and cats stay in our dedicated Feline Centre. Staff are present 24 hours in the hospital to care for your pet.
Depending on your pet's particular problem, we will do a blood tests, measure their blood pressure, obtain an ECG and a heart scan and if there is a cough, breathing difficulties or we suspect heart failure, we might take an x-ray of the chest.
An ECG will tell us, if the heart rate and rhythm of your pet is normal. If we detect an irregular heart rate or rhythm, we might send your pet home with you with a 24 hours ECG (Holter monitor). This enables us to get a recording of the heart rate and rhythm when your pet is with you at home, when you take him/her for walks and when he/her is asleep.
A scan of the heart allows us to diagnose a cardiac disease, if present, and to assess the function of the heart.
If your pet coughs or has breathing difficulties, x-rays of the chest are the best way to find out how their lung's looks and what might be the cause of their problem.