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A board-certified veterinary cardiologist is a veterinarian who completed an internship and residency (an additional 3-5 years of training after graduation from veterinary school) and passed a rigorous examination to achieve board certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). These doctors have a deeper understanding of a pet’s cardiopulmonary system that includes the heart and lungs. 

Just like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of heart and lung disorders. Common clinical signs associated with cardiopulmonary problems in our pets are:

  • Weakness
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fast breathing at rest
  • Collapse
  • Fainting episodes
  • Coughing
  • Elevated heart rate

Board-certified veterinary cardiologists have advanced training in disorders affecting the heart and lungs, including:

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Congenital blood vessel abnormalities
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Heart valve disorders

To help ensure pets receive the best possible cardiac care, our cardiology team collaborates with family veterinarians by providing second opinions, complex diagnostic procedures, around-the-clock nursing care, and specialized therapies.

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