VCA Veterinary Hospital of Leon Springs

Echocardiography

Another one of our Advanced Care Services offered is Echocardiography!

Heart health is very important to us here at VCA Leon Springs! If your doctor recommends an examination of the heart, several methods may be used to gather information. One way to take a look at the heart is through the use of radiographs (X-Rays). Another is by performing an echocardiogram.

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound, or sonogram, of the heart. While radiographic images are helpful when assessing the size, shape and position of the heart…an echocardiogram will allow the doctors to take a look the interior of the heart.

Echocardiography is very non-invasive, and is well-tolerated by most pets! Sedation is typically not required, although it is offered for those patients who may become anxious. Prior to the echocardiogram, a small patch of hair is usually shaved from the chest wall in order to allow adequate and unobstructed views of the heart during the ultrasound. During the procedure, ultrasound gel is spread across the area to be examined in order to assist the ultrasound probe – which is then placed against the skin to gather the image. Through emitting high frequency sound waves, which bounce off of the heart, ultrasound produces a cross-sectional, two-dimensional image.

The resulting images allow the doctor to assess the internal structure of the heart. Things like wall structure and thickness can be observed, valves can be thoroughly examined and the flow of blood throughout the heart can be evaluated.

If you have any questions or concerns about echocardiography and the ultrasound procedure, give us a call and speak to one of our doctors or trained technicians!

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency during normal business hours (M-F 7:30am - 7:00pm) please call us at 210-698-1043.

 

Should you have an after-hours emergency, please contact either of these pet emergency hospitals:

 

Mission Pet Emergency -

Located at: 8202 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio Texas, 78249

Phone: 210-691-0900

 

Emergency Pet Center -

Located at: 503 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio Texas, 78258

Phone: 210-404-2873

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