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Echocardiograms

Yearly health examinations are so extremely important for our pets’ wellbeing. As they age, biannual examinations can be even more beneficial in catching early changes for our senior pets. Oftentimes we, as owners, may not realize that anything is wrong until a full physical examination is performed. Early detection and prevention allows us to be able to provide the best possible medicine and to help our pets live long and happy lives.

Recently one of our own staff members’ pets, Charlie, was brought in to have a full dental cleaning done. Charlie is owned by our very own Dr. Arsenault! The boarding kennel had mentioned that Charlie had seemed to be slowing down compared to the past few times they had seen him. Nothing else appeared to be wrong with him, other than he was taking more frequent rests during his play time and seemed to get tired more frequently than usual. During his pre surgical examination it was determined that an echocardiogram (ECG) would be performed prior to administering any sedation to Charlie to ensure that his heart was functioning well. Echocardiograms offer us an up close look at how the heart is working and allows us to see small changes before they cause larger issues. The echocardiogram was performed here in hospital by one of our doctors, Dr. MacLeod. Dr. MacLeod has had specialized training at a top cardiology facility at Texas A&M University.

During his ECG it was determined that Charlie did have changes to one of his heart valves. Charlie was showing no other symptoms of having this type of heart condition prior to this echocardiogram. Without the ECG we would not have known about Charlie’s heart changes until they became a more serious problem. Charlie has now started medications to help slow the progression and we are keeping a close eye on him for any other changes that may indicate progression of his heart condition.

The trouble with heart conditions, like mitral valve disease, is that pets will show minimal to no symptoms. When symptoms start to arise, the pet’s life expectancy decreases greatly. If we can catch the condition early enough, we can potentially extend the life expectancy of the pet by a year or two. Every case is different and there is never a guarantee but in many cases when we catch these types of conditions early, we give our patients the best possible chance.

We are so thankful to have such extremely skilled veterinarians on our team. Everyone here at Riverview Animal Hospital is dedicated to enhancing and learning new skills so we can continue to provide top quality care for your pet and you. Our technicians are always taking courses throughout the year to maintain top notch skill sets. Our veterinarians sometimes travel outside of Canada to attend weekend long courses in order to be a part of the best lectures or courses.

“Charlie’s signs of slowing down, tire easily were there but as most people say “he’s getting old“. After his echocardiogram and ECG we realized that he had a heart condition, a leaking valve. Do not discount any changes in your pet, get a check up. In Charlie’s case he is now on heart medication and has returned to his previous energy level. Early diagnosis is so important as in Charlie’s case it has improved his quality of life and doubled his remaining life expectancy.” – Dr. Arsenault

Written by Kelsey Hewgill, RVT, Dr. MacLeod and Dr. Arsenault

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Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

WE ARE CHANGING OUR EMERGENCY SYSTEM INTO A TRUE TRIAGE-BASED SYSTEM

We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations.

  • Please continue to call ahead to let us know that your pet is having an emergency and that you are on your way.
  • For our emergency hospital - evenings and weekends will be walk in only. Your pet will be triaged by a Veterinary technician, who will determine the level of care that is needed for your pet. Critical patients will be our top priority, and will be seen first.
  • This will increase wait times for patients that are triaged as non-urgent.
  • Thank you in advance for your understanding.


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