CARDIOLOGY

 
Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists has been providing compassionate, comprehensive, state of the art cardiac care to the pets of Southwest Florida since 2003! Our cardiologists are all diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of Cardiology.
Our cardiac patients are typically seen by appointment, however, all emergency cardiac patients are seen immediately.

WHY SEEK CARE FROM A BOARD CERTIFIED CARDIOLOGIST?

 
Dog with a Doctor — Emergency Animal Services in Bonita Springs, FL
 
Studies have shown that pets with congestive heart failure live 75% longer when treated by a board certified cardiologist.
  • ACVIMBoard certified cardiologists have 3-5 years of training beyond veterinary school, specifically in the area of cardiology, and have passed 2 rigorous examinations to achieve Diplomate status.
  • When your pet's testing is performed with a cardiologist, you receive results and a treatment plan immediately. There is no telemedicine involved in your pet's care, increasing the accuracy of the results. At Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists, your appointment will typically last 60-90 minutes and will include a detailed discussion and report of your pet's heart disease and treatment plan for you and your primary care veterinarian.
 
For best results, please bring all records, radiographs (x-rays), and any medications that your pet is taking.
 
Wendy G. Arsenault, DVM — Emergency Animal Services in Bonita Springs, FL
Wendy G. Arsenault , DVM
Diplomate ACVIM
 
G. Curt Rehling, DVM — Emergency Animal Services in Bonita Springs, FL
G. Curt Rehling, DVM
Diplomate ACVIM
 

COMMON REASONS YOUR VETERINARIAN MAY RECOMMEND SEEING A BOARD CERTIFIED CARDIOLOGIST

 
  • Heart murmur
  • Abnormal heart beats, also known as arrhythmias
  • Reduced energy, weakness, or collapse
 
  • Respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or labored breathing
  • Screening for high risk breeds such as Dobermans or Boxers
  • Screening for breeding animals
 

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS IF MY PET HAS HEART DISEASE?

Most types of heart disease in animals are treatable, with an early and accurate diagnosis. The common diseases, such as mitral valve disease, dilated cardiomyopathy, and pulmonary hypertension, are typically treated with medications. Some cardiac disease may require surgery for treatment or correction. At Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists & 24-Hour Emergency Hospital, we offer interventional, minimally invasive surgery for pets with certain heart diseases. Minimally invasive surgery means less hospital time and a faster recovery for your pet.