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What does a heart ultrasound (cat and dog) cost??

The costs for a cardiac ultrasound are based on the scale of fees for veterinarians (GOT). It is important for the pet owner that the veterinarian may choose the fee rate between single and up to triple rate. Therefore, it may be that the cost of an examination in different veterinary practices are different. Also depending on the type of animal, the costs can be variable.

Cardiac ultrasound dog and cardiac ultrasound cat costs at the veterinary practice Dr. Summer 120 €.

What is a cardiac ultrasound examination?

The ultrasound examination of the heart, also called echocardiography, is a non-invasive procedure for the imaging diagnosis of various heart diseases. During this examination a transducer is moved over the body of the animal. This transducer emits sound signals through electrical voltage. Subsequently picks up reflected sound waves. The reflected sound waves are processed by an amplifier and displayed on a screen.

With the help of this examination the veterinarian has the possibility to visualize the heart and to detect possible changes. With the help of ultrasound, the heart chambers and atria, the pericardium and the heart muscle can be viewed. In addition, the heart valves are examined morphologically. Functionally examined. Blood vessels can also be precisely visualized. Are examined for malformations.

Ultrasound examination of dogs and cats can be used to diagnose congenital and acquired heart diseases, cardiac arrhythmias and high blood prere. In addition to ultrasound, further cardiac examinations are performed for a complete diagnosis.

For veterinary practices: We come to your practice

Dear colleagues,

we enable you to perform sonographic examination of the heart, as well as abdomen of your four-legged patients directly on the spot in your own practice. For patient owners, the sometimes lengthy search for a suitable appointment in the referral practice is eliminated. You have the possibility to offer your patients an appointment directly in your own practice. You can be present during the examination. Can take care of your patients in the best way.

How we do it?

In the form of ultrasound consultations. Depending on your needs, you can make an appointment with us in advance for an ultrasound consultation. How often this consultation should take place, you decide depending on your needs. If you detect an unexplained heart murmur in one of your patients, or if an abdominal ultrasound is required for further diagnosis, you can make appointments for these patients within the agreed ultrasound consultation hours. A time window of 30min should be planned per patient. Optimally, this is how you fill out the ultrasound consultation that we have scheduled in advance. In the case of acutely necessary ultrasound examinations, we are happy to consult with you by telephone in order to make earlier appointments possible.

The complete technical equipment, including cardiac ultrasound table. Many years of experience, as well as the professional competence to perform and evaluate the findings of ultrasound diagnostics. If possible, we require a darkened room including a treatment table. The patient prepared for the examination. This should remain fasting for abdominal ultrasound, if possible, 6-8h before the examination to obtain the maximum diagnostic benefit. To evaluate the urinary bladder, urination should be avoided just before the examination. No fasting is necessary for a cardiac ultrasound. If possible, the ultrasound will be performed on an animal that is not sedated.

Your advantages at a glance

– Extension of your diagnostic service spectrum by ultrasound diagnostics (without investment in new equipment, further training etc.).) – Acquisition of new customers through an extended range of services – Increased customer loyalty; you are there live – Enables further treatment immediately afterwards – Treatment remains in your hands – Familiar environment for patients and owners – Trusting, collegial exchange – From individual appointments to consultation hours lasting several hours (as needed)

– Echocardiography by means of transportable cardiologically oriented ultrasound device – blood prere measurement by means of veterinary Doppler sphygmomanometer – ECG – abdominal ultrasound – including punctures of the urinary bladder, circumferential enlargements, etc.

Have we aroused your interest?

Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or send us an e-mail. We would be happy to discuss any further information in person.

What types of cardiac ultrasound are there?

With a cardiac ultrasound, the anatomical structures of the heart can be visualized. Various methods of ultrasound offer the physician the opportunity to examine the individual structures of the heart in detail.

– 2D ultrasound provides a two-dimensional image of the heart, showing the shape and size of the heart, as well as the size of the ventricles and atria, and the structure of the heart muscle and valves. During a Doppler ultrasound can be direction. Speed of blood flow in the heart can be visualized. This method can be used to determine the severity of a disease, such as aortic stenosis. The color Doppler method is a combination of the pure Doppler technique. The 2D ultrasound (duplex sonography). The heart structures and the blood flow are examined and displayed in color at the same time. This is important, because already existing abnormalities like z.B. leaky or stenosed heart valves can be located. – With the black and white Doppler the speed of the blood flow can be measured. It can provide information on whether the prere conditions within the heart are altered. – With the help of tie Doppler ultrasound it is possible to examine the heart muscle and its movement. This is important to detect muscular diseases. Tie Doppler ultrasound is a crucial technique to detect myocardial changes in the cat (restrictive cardiomyopathy).

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When is an ultrasound examination useful in dogs and cats??

There are several reasons why an ultrasound examination of the heart can be arranged in dogs and cats. First and foremost, the examination serves to Early detection of heart disease. It is particularly useful as Preventive examination in dog and cat breeds, which are more likely to suffer from heart disease. The same applies to animals that have already been Symptoms of heart disease have. If your pet has already been diagnosed with a heart disease, a follow-up Control examinations at regular intervals is advisable. In the following we explain the mentioned reasons in more detail.

early detection of heart diseases

On the one hand, these diagnostics are used for early detection of heart disease, for example, when the veterinarian listens to the animal during a vaccination appointment and detects abnormal heart murmurs and/or arrhythmias. It is possible that a dog or cat suffers from a heart disease, even if they seem to be otherwise healthy.

Symptoms of heart disease

If an animal is already symptomatic, an ultrasound examination of the heart is advisable in order to obtain further information about the disease. If the dog and cat show the following symptoms, further diagnostics are indicated:

– strained breathing, – increased panting, – low resilience, conspicuous coughing, – increased abdominal girth, – weakness in the limbs, – staggering, – fainting fits,

Dogs with heart disease often take a long time to return to normal breathing and heart rate after exertion. In cats, heart disease can also be manifested by reduced appetite, blood accumulation in the eye or paralyzed hind legs.

Preventive examinations

There are certain breeds of dogs and cats in which diseases of the heart occur more frequently than in other breeds. In these animals it is advisable to have the cardiological health status of the animal clarified as part of preventive examinations. An ultrasound examination can also be useful for older animals as a precautionary measure, especially if anesthesia is imminent.

Control examinations

After a diagnosed heart disease and initiated therapy, pet owners with dogs and cats should regularly attend check-ups at the veterinarian's office. Here, cardiological diagnostics such as ultrasound can be used to determine the current condition of the heart, for example, whether a therapy is working or whether a deterioration has occurred again.

Examinations in case of breeding desire

For some breeds of dogs, certain breeding clubs require a cardiac examination before the dog can be used for breeding. When breeding pedigreed cats, it should be checked whether the animals used for breeding suffer from a hereditary thickening of the heart muscle.

What is the procedure for an ultrasound examination of the heart in dogs and cats?

Before an ultrasound examination is carried out on dogs and cats, a detailed discussion is held with the animal owner about the animal's state of health (anamnesis). The veterinarian listens to the animal for heart and lung sounds, palpates the pulse, assesses the mucous membranes, feels for palpable vessels and can thus make a tentative diagnosis. In cardiological diagnostics, the results of blood tests, ECG measurements and X-rays are taken into account in addition to the heart ultrasound. Ultrasound examination is used to look at the heart and detect heart diseases such as heart failures.

In most cases, the ultrasound is performed in the lying position. An ultrasound can also be performed on a standing animal or in the chest position. The advantage of heart ultrasound compared to abdominal ultrasound is that the dog and cat do not have to be sober for the examination. Also, it is usually not necessary to shear the fur of the animals. However, in dogs with very thick fur, it may be necessary to shave a small piece of fur on the chest wall.

In most cases, a heart ultrasound examination is relatively stress-free for dogs and cats. Only in some cats it may be necessary to sedate them for a short time for the ultrasound. As a rule, the pet owner may be present during the examination. The duration of the examination depends on the complexity of the heart disease and on the patient himself. In most cases, a complete heart ultrasound takes between 10 and 30 minutes.

In addition to ultrasound, an electrocardiogram (ECG) is performed to diagnose cardiac arrhythmia. If the ultrasound examination requires further diagnostics, such as an X-ray examination, this is done after the ultrasound. This can z.B. be the case for the detection of lung changes. But also blood prere measurements or the application of a long-term ECG may be necessary after the ultrasound. If the veterinarian has the results after the diagnosis, he will decide on the further procedure and the upcoming therapy.

How safe is cardiac ultrasound diagnostics in dogs and cats?? The cardiac ultrasound examination in dog. Cat is a non-invasive procedure. The ultrasound probe is used to visualize the structures of the heart on the surface of the body. Only in very rare cases, and then mostly with the cat, the animals must be sedated for a short time, i.e. calmed down with medication. Precondition for an exact diagnosis by ultrasound is a very good ultrasound device. In addition, it is important that the doctor performing the ultrasound has a lot of experience and expertise in order to perform the examination correctly and to be able to assess it comprehensively afterwards.

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