Hospital for Small Animals

Cardiopulmonary Service

We have facilities and expert staff to treat conditions affecting hearts and lungs.

We are happy to handle the full range of canine and feline congenital and acquired cardiac and canine pulmonary conditions, including:

  • dyspnoea (breathlessness)
  • coughing
  • syncope (fainting)
  • congenital cardiac disease
  • murmurs and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
  • congestive heart failure


We routinely perform a range of interventional procedures to clinically cure certain cardiac conditions. These procedures are minimally invasive and include:

  • Amplatz occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus
  • balloon valvoplasty of pulmonic stenosis
  • pacemaker implantation
  • ECG event recorder implantation
  • selective angiography
  • radiofrequency ablation

We also offer reporting services for ECGs and thoracic radiographs. Simply post or fax us your radiographs or ECG, labelled with paper speed and sensitivity, addressed to the Cardiopulmonary Service. We charge a fee per report.

We also offer free telephone cardiopulmonary advice. Please contact us for a request form, and we will answer your query as soon as possible.


Our state of the art facilities include:

  • two radiography suites
  • dedicated theatre for cardiac intervention
  • intra-operative fluoroscopy
  • Doppler and tissue Doppler echocardiography
  • 3D echocardiography
  • 12-channel electrocardiography
  • 24-hour Holter ECG monitoring
  • digital bronchoscopy
  • blood pressure management, both direct and indirect
  • blood gas analysis
  • computerised tomography (CT)
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • dedicated intensive care unit

Cardiopulmonary disease carries a higher anaesthetic risk and our team of specialist anaesthetists are on hand to keep that risk to an absolute minimum.

Our modern, fully equipped intensive care unit allows close monitoring of our more seriously ill and high risk patients.

Cardiology Club

We hold an informal study group for all GPs with an interest in cardiology on one Thursday each month.

Clinic schedule

We hold routine appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additional and emergency appointments take place on Wednesdays and Fridays.


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