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What is Veterinary Cardiology?

Good question. Veterinary Cardiology is a clinical specialty that focuses solely on the diagnosis and treatment of heart and large blood vessel diseases. Your companion might see a cardiologist for issues including hearth murmurs, heart failure, heartworm disease, heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias), collapse or fainting spells, excessive coughing, respiratory distress, and high blood pressure. Companions under the care of a highly skilled cardiologist for their cardiac and respiratory disorders will be positioned for the best possible outcomes - leading healthier and more prolonged lives at home with you.

We're home to the District's only board-certified cardiologist.

Dr. Keith Blass is our full-time, board-certified cardiologist specializing in the care of dogs and cats with cardiovascular issues. Dr. Blass and the Friendship Cardiology Specialists (FCS) team perform non-invasive procedures using the most state-of-the-art technology available on the market today. We work together with onsite specialists and surgeons here at the hospital to provide your companion with the most comprehensive care. We also work closely with your primary doctor to manage your companion's health and ensure the best possible outcome.

Non-invasive procedures include:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Event monitoring
  • Holter-monitoring (24 hour continuous ECG)
  • Pacemaker interrogation
  • Thoracic radiography