The cardiology service evaluates a variety of cardiopulmonary cases in
multiple different species. These conditions include congenital cardiac
malformations, acquired heart disease and pre-breeding screening for adult onset
A typical cardiac work up includes thoracic radiographs, an
electrocardiogram, an indirect systolic blood pressure and a full
echocardiogram with Doppler evaluation. All imaging is recorded
digitally for efficient reporting and review at subsequent recheck
exams. Most of our patients have these tests performed on an
outpatient basis with same-day results. The results are also
reported to the local veterinarian for enhanced continuity of care.
A cardiac catheterization lab (cardiac pressure monitoring, fluoroscopy,
angiography and digital image capture) is equipped for routine
interventional procedures. The most common interventions performed at WSU
are pacemaker implantation, percutaneous embolization of PDA, and balloon
valvuloplasty of pulmonic stenosis. These procedures are performed through a
peripheral artery or vein in most patients. The cardiology service strives
to remain among the most innovative in minimally invasive interventions. The
WSU cardiology service was the first to implant an
cardioverter defibrillator in a dog in 2003.
screening for arrhythmias or collapse can be performed. Holter monitors and
instructions can be shipped to owners for annual evaluations.
The Cardiology service offers image review of materials (radiographs,
ECG, etc.) mailed, emailed or faxed to the service. A written report with
suggested management strategies is faxed to the local veterinarian. The
clinical cardiologist is also available by phone. Information and
consultations prices may be obtained by contacting the cardiology service
technologist @ 509-335-0711 or visiting the
patients are monitored around the clock by cardiology and critical
care specialists. Treatments and diagnostics can be tailored to the
patient on a minute-to-minute basis of individual needs.