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Kathleen Woodruff

DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Kate Woodruff with Marley
Veterinary Specialist
Kate Woodruff with Marley

Clinical Interests: Heart Failure Management, Interventional Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease, Emergency Management of Cardiac Disease

Dr. Kate Woodruff is a Bay Area native and is very excited to return home and join the team at BAVS.

Dr. Woodruff attended veterinary school at the Ohio State University and graduated in 2011. She then completed a one year rotating internship at Tufts University, a one year emergency and critical care internship at North Carolina State University, and a three year cardiology residency at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Woodruff lives with her husband and their dog Marley. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and learning to play the fiddle (badly). She and her husband recently completed a Southbound through-hike of the Appalachian Trail.


Veterinary Cardiologists Help Solve Canine and Feline Heart Problems

Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of problems related to their heart and lungs.

Cardiac problems are common in both young and old animals. Symptoms may include lethargy, respiratory difficulty, cough and weight loss. With proper treatment most cardiac problems can be managed or resolved.

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialist's Cardiology service features a full service interventional cardiology suite capable of minimally invasive procedures. These include pacemaker implantation and treatment of congenital heart diseases.

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialist's Cardiology service utilizes radiography, echocardiography with Doppler, fluoroscopy, ECG, Holter monitoring and event recording for diagnosis. Treatment options include medical, interventional, and surgical therapies for heart and vascular diseases.

What Is Veterinary Cardiology?

Veterinary Cardiology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the canine and feline cardiovascular system, which includes the pet's heart and blood vessels. This encompasses such problems as canine and feline congestive heart failure, hypertension, dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and valvular disorders. Because the function of the pet's heart and lungs are interrelated, veterinary cardiologists are also knowledgeable about lung disease as well as diseases of the chest cavity. A board certified veterinary cardiologist is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in veterinary cardiology and has been certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary cardiology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

Symptoms of Canine or Feline Heart Problems

  • Weakness
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Shortness of breath or apparent difficulty in breathing (due to fluid in the lungs or chest cavity)
  • Fast breathing at rest (although don't confuse this with normal panting)
  • Collapse
  • Fainting spells
  • Cough
  • Elevated heart rate

What Can Be Done if My Pet Has A Heart Problem?

Many of the same types of diagnostic tools and treatment options that are used to help keep human heart patients alive and healthy are also available to pets. For example, sophisticated diagnostic options (see box below) can help determine whether heart problems are present and, if so, assess their severity. Depending on your pet's particular problem, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, pacemaker implantation, and cardiac surgery to repair heart defects have all become relatively commonplace. In addition, many of the medications used in pets are similar to those that are also used in humans.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care. In other cases, your referral doctor may take over the majority of your pet's medical care. It depends on your pet's particular disease and condition.

Did You Know?

According to the AVMA, one out of every 10 dogs and cats has heart disease. Many pets with heart disease are asymptomatic.

If you suspect that your dog or cat has a heart problem, contact the veterinary cardiologists at VCA today.

Our Cardiology Team

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital

14790 Washington Ave.

San Leandro, CA 94578

Main: 510-483-7387

Fax: 510-483-7389

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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