Cardiology Pet Care in Phoenix
Although your family veterinarian can diagnose and treat many problems very well, there are some conditions that require specialized diagnostics and care in order to optimize the outcome for your pet.
Our board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Christopher Paige, is a Phoenix-based expert in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in pets. For over 9 years, Dr. Paige has worked in private specialty practices across Arizona as a veterinary cardiologist.
A wide breadth of disorders fall under the umbrella of cardiovascular health, including but not limited to; congestive heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, degenerative valve disease, systemic hypertension, arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, and cardiac tumors. Whatever is ailing your companion's cardiovascular system, we here at Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center are committed to helping them stay happy and healthy.
Board-Certified Vet Cardiologist
Veterinary cardiologists require specialized experience and training in order to achieve a board certification. A one-year internship proceeds 3-5 years of focused and intensive work and research in the field as part of an approved residency training program, which upon completion grants certification. Dr. Christopher Paige is a vet cardiological expert in Phoenix with over 10 years of experience in the field.
Evaluation of Heart Conditions
At your appointment, our veterinary team will perform a complete and thorough physical examination of your pet. Then the cardiologist will offer their opinion on the next steps for treatment or additional testing.
They will also review your animal’s health history and current medications. Depending on your pet's condition, diagnostic testing may include:
- Echocardiography The veterinarian uses an ultrasound to check the adequacy of contractions in the patient's heart, as well as for thinning in the heart's muscular walls. The ultrasound allows our specialist to observe the shape and movements of your dog or cat's heart in real-time and definitively diagnose whether their heart is currently enlarged.
- Electrocardiography The electric impulses responsible for the beating of your dog or cat's heart are monitored. Most commonly this testing will be used in instances where either arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or ventricular tachycardia (abnormally fast heartbeat) are suspected.
- Radiographic Evaluation A chest x-ray can reveal important information as it pertains to your dog or cat's cardiologic health. The presence of fluid in the lungs or an unnaturally large heart will be checked for in your pet's x-ray.
- Blood Pressure Measurement Historically, blood pressure measurement has been neglected in favor of other diagnostic testing. However, it is an important diagnostic for its ability to detect hypertension in the patient before physical symptoms manifest. Catching hypertension early can allow our team to intervene and prevent organ damage that your dog or cat would be at risk of suffering before presenting other symptoms. Our specialist will check your pet's blood pressure if hypertension is a concern, ensuring your companion receives the best treatment as promptly as possible
New Patients Welcome
At Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, we are accepting new patients and referrals for our emergency and specialty services. Our team of experienced veterinary specialists are passionate about the health and well-being of pets in the Phoenix area. Contact us today to inquire about appointments or find out about the referral process.