Veterinary Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
Heart diseases in dogs and cats
The clinical experience built up in different areas, from internal medicine to intensive care and surgery, allows the cardiology service to approach any difficult case.
The aim of the Department of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery is to offer a high quality service in order to diagnose and treat heart diseases in small animals. In addition, the Department aims to provide the referring veterinarian with technical and scientific support, whenever requested.
Heart diseases are unfortunately very common in our pets and a late diagnosis can cause cardiac decompensation, which impairs the quality of life or can even cause death. Dogs and cats, in fact, can suffer from various cardiac diseases, acquired or congenital, that in many cases may be diagnosed at their initial stage if a scrupulous case history and cardiological examination are performed. In other occasions the dog or cat can undergo a cardiological examination only at a late stage, in an extremely critical condition caused by valvular, myocardial, pericardial, neoplastic or arrhythmic diseases; in these situations a prompt diagnosis is crucial for survival.
The Department of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery is equipped with all the necessary diagnostic instruments to achieve a correct diagnosis. These instruments make it is possible to characterize the cardiopathy, to start a specific therapy and to adequately monitor the patient. The cardiological examination, the echocardiography, the electrocardiography, the Holter Study and the angiography are the diagnostic instruments that, together with chest radiographs, let the specialist of the Department of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery obtaining a comprehensive diagnostic workup and to select the most suitable monitoring plan for every heart disease.
Furthermore, the Department of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery offers the opportunity to perform interventional cardiology procedures, such as aortic and Pulmonary Valvuloplasty, the Closure of pervious ductus arteriosus with intravascular devices, Macrofilariae extraction and pace-maker implant, that improve life quality and expectancy of any dog or cat suffering from Congenital and Acquired cardiac diseases.