Cardiology

Our Cardiology clinical service is run by two of our vets, Kevin Spencelayh and Laura Baydoun.

Salle de radiologie de la clinique vétérinaire Alliavet, dans l'Oise Kevin graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2011 and joined the Wheelhouse as a new graduate. Having a keen interest in both cardiology and feline medicine he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Feline Practice and has undertaken advanced training in echocardiography. Kevin achieved the position of Advanced Veterinary Practitioner in 2018.

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Salle de radiologie de la clinique vétérinaire Alliavet, dans l'OiseLaura graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017 and has been working at the Wheelhouse ever since. She achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency Practice in 2021, and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Cardiology, which she looks to complete in 2022. Alongside emergency care, Laura enjoys echocardiography and managing long-term cardiac patients.

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  • What Does the Cardiology Clinical Service Provide?
  • What Cases Can We See?
  • Equipment
  • Prices
  • Booking An Appointment

What Does the Cardiology Clinical Service Provide?

What Does the Cardiology Clinical Service Provide?

Cardiac Screening

The cardiac screening package is for pets where a heart murmur has been detected but they are otherwise well in themselves, or for pets who have a family history of heart disease, but are otherwise well in themselves. This includes:

  • Initial Consultation – 20 minutes (dogs only)
  • Thorough review of clinical history
  • Full physical assessment
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound scan of the heart)
  • Thoracic radiography (chest x-rays) if indicated
  • Sedation if required for your pet (although the majority of pets will happily lie conscious for the ultrasound scan)
  • Discussion regarding diagnosis and any treatment options if indicated
  • Depending on each patient and the findings, the cardiology team may also recommend further test or investigations which they will discuss with you

Cardiac Investigations

Cardiac investigations are performed in any pet showing clinical signs of heart disease and include:

  • Thorough review of clinical history
  • Full physical assessment
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound scan of the heart)
  • Thoracic radiography (chest x-rays) if indicated
  • Electrocardiograph [(ECG) used to measure the heart’s electrical activity, rate and rhythm]
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Blood profile including full haematology and biochemistry
  • Sedation if required for your pet (although the majority of pets will happily lie conscious for the ultrasound scan)
  • Discussion regarding diagnosis and any treatment options if indicated

The cardiology team will arrange any follow up consultations if needed, to ensure the best case continuity possible for you and your pet.

What Cases Can We See?

What Cases Can We See?

The Cardiology Clinical Service sees a wide range of cardiological conditions including:

  • Myxomatous mitral valve disease
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Cardiac neoplasia
  • Diagnosis and management of acute and chronic congestive heart failure
  • Feline arterial thromboembolism
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Health screening
  • Some congenital disorders

This list is not exhaustive and if you feel your pet may benefit from our Cardiology service, please ask your vet to speak to our team, or call the practice so we can advise further.

Equipment

Equipment

The cardiac team has access to a range of specific equipment, including:

  • Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) including spectral and colour Doppler
  • Digital thoracic radiography
  • ECG recording
  • Ambulatory Holter (24-hour ECG) monitoring
  • Non-invasive blood pressure

Prices

Prices

  • Initial Consultation - £75

  • Cardiac screening (for asymptomatic patients) - £465

Our prices are usually significantly lower than at specialist referral centres and so can be a good option for clients and pets who cannot proceed with full specialist referral.

If you are a member of the Wheelhouse Healthcare Plan, this cover extends to our cardiology service as well.

Booking An Appointment

Booking An Appointment

If you are already a Wheelhouse client, please discuss this with your usual vet, who can arrange for you to be seen by the Cardiology clinical service.

If you are not already registered with the Wheelhouse Vets, then please contact your usual vet to request an appointment with our Cardiology clinical service.

A member of our team will then give you a call to book your appointment.

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