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CARDIOLOGY

Cardiology

VRC’s cardiology service provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and pre-anesthetic consultations for pets with suspected or documented congenital or acquired heart disease. These heart problems may be primary (stand alone) or secondary (occur from other systemic, internal medical problems). Primary heart disease may also contribute to the signs and symptoms of other internal medical problems.

We provide diagnosis and confirmation of your referring veterinarian’s diagnosis of congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension, systemic hypertension, cardiopulmonary disease, and cardiac disease due to other systemic disease. Diagnoses are made using a combination of physical examination, echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound, thoracic radiography, electrocardiography, and blood pressure evaluation. As needed, we will provide medications, radiology, abdominal or thoracic ultrasound, and internal referrals to other services within VRC including internal medicine, emergency, oncology, and surgery.

To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Cardiology at VRC, click here. 

24/7 EMERGENCY & CRITICAL CARE

Overview

VRC is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing emergency veterinary medicine and critical care to dogs and cats. We work together and in partnership with your family veterinarian to quickly and accurately assess your pet’s medical condition and provide the safest, most effective treatment options available. Our team of emergency veterinarians has advanced training and experience, the latest technology, and seamless access to VRC’s full range of veterinary specialists. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding our 24/7 emergency services, click HERE.

*At this time, we are not accepting Avian & Exotics emergencies. Please call our hospital at 610-647-2950 for recommended local emergency & specialty hospitals that are accepting.

Our ICU features:

  • Full laboratory service
  • Venous and arterial blood gas monitoring
  • Oxygen-enriched environments
  • Telemetric ECG monitoring
  • Blood pressure, arterial blood pressure, and central venous blood pressure monitoring
  • Advanced anesthesia monitoring
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Diagnostic procedures: endoscopy, bronchoscopy, and thoracoscopic lung biopsy
  • Diagnostic imaging: ultrasound, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), and digital X-ray (radiography)
  • Emergency ultrasound 7 days a week

Specialties

Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

We offer comprehensive diagnostics and treatment for your pet’s respiratory disease, including interstitial lung disease, upper airway obstruction, collapsing trachea, laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic airway disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, pulmonary hypertension, and pleural space disease. Our advanced diagnostic modalities include bronchoscopy, fluoroscopy, thoracic ultrasound, and 16-slice helical computed tomography.