Cardiology Service Cases


Bruce's Balloon Valvuloplasty

Bruce, a French Bulldog, presented to us at 15 weeks old with a severe pulmonic stenosis. This is a condition that if left untreated meant he would have developed heart failure and, as a result, would have died of his heart disease within one year.

Following an assessment and an echocardiography our Cardiologists carried out a balloon valvuloplasty. During this procedure, the balloon is positioned over the pulmonic valve using fluoroscopic guidance and the balloon is inflated, resulting in a reduction of the stenosis.

Bruce’s procedure was a success and he will now be able to live a normal happy life without any restrictions.


Bertie's Artificial Pacemaker

Bertie is a 10 year old dog who presented to us with a recent history of collapse. A 24-hour holter ECG (a technique where a monitor is able to detect the electrical activity of the heart for 24 hours) was carried out. This demonstrated that Bertie suffered from sick sinus syndrome. Sick sinus syndrome is a disease where the pacemaker cells of the heart do not function well and a can result in very low heart rates or even the heart stopping completely.

An artificial pacemaker was successfully implanted by our Cardiologists.  The procedure was successful and Bertie has now stopped having collapsing episodes and he is enjoying life!

Artificial pacemakers are routinely implanted in dogs at Langford Vets' Cardiology Unit for treatment of various diseases. The majority of dogs enjoy normal life post-implantation. Follow-up checks at our pacemaker clinics are usually needed once a year.  



Koala's Heart Murmur

Koala is a 5 months old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel presented to the Langford Vets' Cardiology Unit after a loud heart murmur was detected at a routine examination at his local vets. One of our Cardiologists performed a heart scan and diagnosed severe pulmonic stenosis - is a congenital anomaly affecting one of the heart valves.

With pulmonic stenosis, the affected valve doesn't open properly, causing an obstruction to blood flow. If intervention to relieve the stenosis is not carried out, the strain suffered by the heart can lead to exercise intolerance, collapsing episodes, heart failure and/or death.  

Our cardiologists performed pulmonic balloon valvuloplasty (a type of key-hole surgery) in Koala. The surgery was fully successful and Koala is now expected to have a normal life. He is now back to being able to play at full strength with the other four other 'Cavies' he lives with. You can see him in the picture to the left sleeping after a hard day of playing!