What is an Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is a non-invasive technique that a veterinarian can use to assess the condition of your pet’s heart. It is the same test and imaging done in people with heart conditions.
An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create live images of the inside and outside of the heart, allowing the veterinarian to see what the heart looks like and how it’s functioning in real-time.
With an Echocardiogram Your Veterinarian Can View:
- How big the heart is
- The shape of the heart
- How thick the walls of the heart are
- How well the heart is pumping
- Whether there are any abnormal blood flow patterns or possible blood clots
- Whether there are any abnormalities in the pericardium or valves
- Whether any areas of the heart are damaged
Heart disease is a serious condition in dogs and cats. Factors like age, breed, and diet can affect your pet’s chance of developing heart disease. An echocardiogram provides more insight into your pet’s condition, helping us determine the best treatment options.
Echocardiograms at Uptown Animal Hospital
At Uptown Animal Hospital, we are proud to be able to offer echocardiograms to our clients by partnering with Dr. Nicole Wyatt, Board-Certified Small Animal Cardiologist. Dr. Wyatt works with our team to perform cardiac consultations, ultrasounds, and other cardiology-related tests and treatment plans for your pet.
To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for heart disease in your pet, please call us at 773-561-0734