Both dogs and cats can develop heart disease at any age and it represents a common health condition affecting older pets. A board certified veterinary cardiologist is a veterinarian who has obtained additional training in veterinary cardiology including four to five years of additional training after graduation from veterinary school, a residency in cardiology and extensive testing before becoming a Diplomate.


Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure similar to an x-ray. It works by sending very high frequency sound waves through body tissues and recording the waves as they are reflected back. Sophisticated computer programs in the Ultrasound machine transform those reflections into detailed images of the internal organs and other objects. As the sound waves are transmitted continuously, an ultrasound scan produces a moving picture of an organ or body part as it is actually functioning. Read more about Ultrasound