Chestergates Veterinary Specialists provide heart murmur clinic for puppies and kittens in North West - Veterinary Practice
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Chestergates Veterinary Specialists provide heart murmur clinic for puppies and kittens in North West

Puppies and kittens coming to the Chestergates clinic will receive the highest level of care with a specialist assessment and heart scan by one of its veterinary cardiologists

Chestergates Veterinary Specialists is providing a new heart murmur clinic for puppies and kittens in the North West of England who may need specialist treatment.

It is common for young dogs and cats to be born with a heart murmur. These murmurs can have a variety of causes.

Sometimes the dog or cat is born with a structural abnormality within the heart. In other instances, the heart murmur is innocent and is caused by an immature cardiovascular system.

Puppies and kittens with an innocent heart murmur will usually outgrow them by about four or five months of age.

Though normally innocent, these cases should be checked by a veterinarian and ideally should undergo a heart scan with a veterinary cardiologist.

Puppies and kittens coming to the Chestergates clinic will receive the highest level of care with a specialist assessment and heart scan by one of its veterinary cardiologists, Dr Mattia Basili and Dr Liz Bode.

This will identify those puppies and kittens who may have a congenital heart condition, such as pulmonic stenosis or a patent ductus arteriosus.

It is important to identify these conditions early on in life, as they are treatable with minimally invasive surgery, which can be performed at Chestergates.

It will also provide peace of mind to those owners who have a puppy or kitten with an innocent heart murmur.

Chestergates has one of the largest and most advanced cardiology departments in a private hospital for small animals in the North of England.

Should a condition be detected, the hospital also has an experienced team of specialist veterinary radiologists, anaesthetists and soft tissue surgeons to provide treatment, along with a highly trained team of veterinary nurses to provide round-the-clock after care.

Liz Bode, specialist in cardiology at Chestergates, said: “Many puppies and kittens will experience heart murmurs. These cases need to be thoroughly investigated to ensure that they are innocent, and if not treatment quickly provided.

“We are very pleased to be able to open our new clinic for dog and cat owners in the North West today to provide this essential service.”

For further information about Chestergates Veterinary Specialists, please visit their website.

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