You’re an Essential Part of Your Pet’s Health Team
Your pet’s health and well-being depends on the effective flow of communication between you, your primary vet and your pet’s cardiologist.
The communications process begins with your primary vet. Bianca Zaffarano, a primary care veterinarian at Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University, says sending a patient’s complete record to the specialist prior to the consult expedites diagnosis and treatment. “This gives the cardiologist more time to read the record thoroughly, and consult with the primary veterinarian prior to seeing the patient,” she adds.
In return, Adin says after the cardiologist’s exam, a report with test results, diagnosis, and recommendations will be sent to the primary vet.
You should feel comfortable asking any questions relating to your pet’s care. But what should you ask? Schmidt suggests inquiring about diagnostic and treatment options, as well as expected outcomes and costs associated with each. She says you can also ask about your pet’s long-term prognosis, and symptoms to watch for. You’ll also need to know how often to bring your pet in for rechecks.
The in-depth training cardiologists receive during school and throughout their careers puts them in a unique position to treat a wide spectrum of complex heart and circulatory conditions. They have access to sophisticated diagnostic equipment, and are at the forefront of new treatment protocols.