Your pet will be referred to us if your vet suspects that it has heart disease. Pets with heart disease may have a heart murmur, be coughing, have difficulty breathing or may have fainting episodes, among other signs. Making a definitive diagnosis of heart disease in our pets can be challenging, and needs specialist equipment such as advanced ultrasound and ECG, which might not be available in your vet’s practice.
Why does my pet need to see a specialist?
In the same way as you might be sent to see a consultant by your GP, sometimes vets need a specialist to help them make a diagnosis of heart disease in the animals they treat. Specialists have extra knowledge in their area of interest.
What is a specialist?
A specialist is a vet that has undergone extensive training after they have qualified, to give them extra knowledge in a particular subject area. In the UK, specialists must have been awarded a Diploma by either the European or American colleges , and/or be an RCVS Recognised Specialist.