Veterinary Cardiology

Uncompromised Cardiac Care for the pets in the Intermountain West.

WestVet offer the expertise of Dr. Jason Arndt, with a comprehensive approach to effectively diagnose, treat, and manage cardiac and respiratory diseases in companion animals.

Dogs and cats may suffer from heart and lung ailments; sometimes these diseases occur late in life and in some cases they are congenital abnormalities. A veterinary cardiologist diagnoses and treats diseases of the cardiovascular system, including the heart (valves, muscle, electrical conduction system) and blood vessels (veins, arteries) creating secondary issues in the lungs.

Similar to human medicine, patients with heart disease often show improved quality of life and longevity when managed by both your family veterinarian and a cardiologist.

In treatment, cardiologists use both human and veterinary licensed medications, as well as nutraceutical and nutritional support.  Treatment plans are tailored to each pet. Your family veterinarian will often refer your pet to a cardiologist upon suspicion of heart disease.  Similar to human medicine, patients with cardiac disease often show a greatly improved quality of life and longevity when managed by both a primary care veterinarian and a cardiologist.  A team of doctors and a loving family will enable most pets to enjoy healthy, happy lives – even with a heart condition.

Referral to a Veterinary Cardiologist. While your family veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions can benefit from the care of a doctor who has undergone extensive specialized training in veterinary cardiology.  WestVet’s Dr. Jason Arndt, a board-certified cardiologist, is a dedicated expert in this field.  In addition, Dr. Arndt will collaborate with the team of WestVet specialists and your family veterinarian to ensure that your beloved pet receives the highest quality care available.

Diagnosing a cardiology condition in your pet. Most cardiac conditions can be diagnosed using an electrocardiogram (ECG) or a cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram) by a veterinary cardiologist. Chest x-rays aid in the diagnosis of many conditions as well. Echocardiography is the minimally invasive gold standard to identify the source of most cardiac abnormalities. These tests are not painful, noninvasive, and performed while your pet remains awake. These diagnostics offer the cardiologist invaluable information regarding the structure and function of the heart. Once the condition is properly diagnosed, treatment can begin.

WestVet Cardiology services include:

Advanced Diagnostics

  • Angiography
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Contrast echocardiography
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Holter/event monitoring
  • Six- or ten-lead electrocardiography
  • Telemetry monitoring
  • Thoracic radiography
  • Two-dimensional and color Doppler echocardiography

Interventional Cardiology

  • Balloon pericardiotomy
  • Balloon valvuloplasty as treatment for pulmonic stenosis
  • Balloon valvuloplasty for other congenital cardiac or vascular diseases
  • Heartworm extraction
  • Occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus (canine ductal occluders, vascular plugs, or coil embolization)
  • Palliative stenting
  • Permanent and temporary pacemaker placement

Our Specialist

Jason W. Arndt
DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Cardiologist

While some veterinary cardiology patients require in-hospital care prior to discharge, many are treated on an outpatient basis with medication. Most pets tolerate medications remarkably well and often maintain an excellent quality of life for the duration of their treatment.

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