Echocardiography

Heart diseases often occur in both dogs and cats and it is not only the elderly that are affected. Congenital disorders and diseases with a genetic predisposition in certain dog and cat breeds have high significance in cardiology.

Severe subaortic stenosis in a 6 month old female miniature bull terrier. The speed in the left ventricular outflow tract was measured by continuous wave Doppler at 6.75 m/s.
One year old female Griffon dog with atrial septal defect. The septum between the right and left atrium is not fully formed. The arrows indicate the edges of the defect.

The type, severity and cause of heart disease must be accurately diagnosed to ensure the optimal treatment of each patient. Only this way can individualised treatment can be started. The goal of therapy is to slow down or halt the progression of heart disease, to improve the efficiency of the heart and thus to allow the animal to live pain free with a good quality of life.

Cardiological diagnostics, the detection of diseases of the heart, is composed of several testing methods that are used to meaningfully complement each other in order to be able to confidently diagnose a disease. These include not only the usual and also very important auscultation, i.e. listening to the heart, diagnostic radiology, electrocardiography (ECG) and ultrasound of the heart (echocardiography). The combination of these complementary research methods allows an accurate diagnosis, from which an individual treatment recommendation can be made.

The diagnostic procedures are performed on non-anaesthetised patients and usually no discomfort is felt. For echocardiography only, shaving of the fur from a small area of the chest may be necessary

Since the cardiological diagnosis is time-consuming, we ask that you make an appointment for the patient at our clinic (except in emergencies). In patients that have previously been treated, test results and information about medications can be very helpful. Your usual veterinarian will receive information from us about results and treatment recommendations for the patient. The further care of your pet will be in close cooperation with your pet doctor.

specialist contact person

Dr. med. vet.
Sandra Kehr

Dr. med. vet.
Birgit Morisse

Dr. med. vet.
Birgit Morisse

Dr. med. vet.
Nina Jürgens

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