Our veterinary cardiologists use diagnostic tests and technologies in our in-house vet lab as part of our practice to help us accurately diagnose pets' medical conditions and customize treatment plans based on their needs for patients from Boulder, Denver and across Boulder and Arapaho Counties. 

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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

We use a number of different diagnostic technologies for our imaging procedures. In particular, at Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology we use fluoroscopy in many different procedures in order to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures. 

At Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology, we use advanced tools to help aid in the treatment of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases by visualizing the internal structures of your pet's body to achieve an accurate diagnosis.

With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options with technologies from X-rays and echocardiography to electrocardiography, Doppler blood pressure tests and Holter monitoring.

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Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab

We are able to perform tests and produce quick results using our cardiac catheterization lab in order to diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment of their cardiac disease as soon as possible.

By using non-invasive tests to diagnose heart disease, our cardiologists work with you and your family vet to diagnose and plan treatment to ensure your companion's quality of life.

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Our Diagnostic Services 

With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab we are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing to allow our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.

  • Radiography (Digital X-Rays)

    Using a radiograph (digital X-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside. 

    Radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this procedure. 

    Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumors. 

  • Echocardiography

    The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.

    Echocardiography is a specialized kind of ultrasound imaging with Colourflow, tissue Doppler and spectral capabilities.

    Because we capture ultrasound images in real-time, we can see the structure and movement of your pet's heart and can trace blood flowing through the blood vessels.

    Echocardiography is a mainstay of our cardiac diagnostics since it lets us evaluate your pet's heart's structures and function.

  • Electrocardiogram

    If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).

    This procedure can be completed easily and quickly. It reveals data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.

  • Wireless Telemetry

    Wireless telemetry is a patient monitoring technology that measures your pet's vital signs in real-time, including their pulse and respiration. 

    Wireless telemetry uses radio frequencies to avoid having to restrict patients to a bedside monitor with hard-wired connecting during your pet's procedure and while they recover.

  • Holter Monitoring

    Holter monitoring is a variety of non-invasive electrocardiographic monitoring that we specifically use in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of certain arrhythmias (abnormally fast or slow heart rates).

    Many arrhythmias aren't able to be diagnosed based on short in-hospital ECG. So, a Holter monitor provides us a more accurate tool in diagnosing arrhythmias. Additionally, Holter monitors may be used in patients with known arrhythmias to monitor the effectiveness of arrhythmic control and to make adjustments to medical therapy as needed.

    Holter monitors provide us with the best, most comprehensive rhythm assessment for your pet, with minimal impact to daily activity and comfort.

  • Event Monitoring

    Event monitors are an ambulatory ECG device that records diagnostic information over the course of days or weeks. When a pet owner notices their pet suffering from an event, they press a button and begin actively recording their pet's ECG readings.

    This kind of at-home monitoring that can accompany your pet as they go about their day-to-day life increases the odds of successfully recording an event like fainting.

  • Doppler Blood Pressure

    This test measures your dog or cat's blood pressure in the same way people's blood pressure is measured at the doctor's office.

    Knowledge of your pet’s blood pressure may affect drug dosage and administration as well as long-term management of select patients with cardiac disease.

    This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's cardiac health.