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Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of problems related to their heart. Cardiologists diagnose and treat diseases of the cardiovascular system, which include the heart (valves, muscle, and electrical conduction system) and blood vessels. Although your family veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has undergone extensive specialized training in veterinary cardiology. As a specialty referral service, the Cardiology Department at GCVS is available and committed to working with your family veterinarian with an integrated team approach to better serve you and your pet.

At GCVS, we offer medical cardiology, interventional cardiology, and electrophysiology. Our highly trained, board- certified cardiology team is equipped with advanced diagnostic techniques that are used to identify the heart problem suspected in your pet. These test results are then used to create a treatment plan specifically for your pet’s condition. Some of these techniques include echocardiography with 2D image, color flow Doppler, and spectral Doppler capabilities, digital radiography, electrocardiography (ECG), and Holter monitoring. Depending on the problems identified through diagnostic testing, treatment recommendations may be medical (e.g., starting or adding additional oral medications) or may require an interventional procedure (e.g., pacemaker implantation). Conditions we often treat include:

  • Chronic valvular disease
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmias
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Our interventional cardiology procedures include:

  • Pacemaker implantation for bradycardic rhythms
  • Balloon valvuloplasty for congenital stenoses
  • Ductal occlusion of PDAs
  • Heartworm extraction
  • Vascular stent implantation
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterizations

All procedures are done using minimally invasive techniques, some without incisions.

Our multi-disciplinary approach and close cooperation among our specialists allows us to offer the best care available to the patients entrusted to us. With the support of a trained and dedicated staff, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists is committed to using science, technology, and compassion to provide exceptional care for pets and their families.


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