Cardiology - Specialty Vet Services

The Cardiology Department at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in Cooper City provides advanced diagnostic evaluation of heart disease. Our animal hospital has extensive experience in treating acquired and congenital heart disease as well as pericardial disease.

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The most common acquired heart diseases in dogs and cats include degenerative valvular heart disease and cardiomyopathy. The term congenital refers to developmental defects in the heart that are typically present in patients since birth. The term pericardial refers to changes in the sac, or pericardium, that surrounds the heart. Most pericardial diseases involve the formation of fluid within the pericardial sac.

Using echocardiography, x-rays, and electrocardiography (EKG) as well as fluoroscopy for intervention in cases requiring surgical management such as pacemaker implantation or balloon valvuloplasty, the veterinary cardiologist at our animal hospital in Cooper City can determine the best course of therapy for your pet.

With a wide variety of emergency vet therapies available, we can perform many different types of procedures utilizing both non-invasive and invasive techniques which help patients avoid large incisions leading to shorter recovery times.

Our animal hospital in Cooper City offers a range of cardiology services including:

  • Transthoracic and contrast-enhanced echocardiography
  • Bubble studies to rule out cardiac defect, ex. shunts
  • Cardiac clearances for breeders and owners
  • Heartworm treatment
  • Electrocardiography
  • 24-hour Holter and event monitoring
  • In-house telemetry monitoring
  • Thoracic radiographs
  • Thoracocentesis and pericardiocentesis
  • Abdominocentesis
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guided-fine needle aspirate and true-cuts
  • Atropine-response test
  • Management of hospitalized cardiopulmonary patients
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Rhinoscopy and nasal biopsy/flushing with computed tomography
  • Thoracic computed tomography
  • Transtracheal wash/brochoalveolar lavage
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Fluoroscopy
  • PDA ligation
  • Transvenuous pacemaker placement
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Subtotal pericardectomy
  • Cardiac catheterization


Special interests include:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Pulmonary disease