Cardiology

At SWFVS, our focus is on quality:
quality of care…..quality of service…..quality of life

Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists has been providing compassionate, comprehensive, state of the art cardiac care to the pets of Southwest Florida since 2003! Our cardiologists are all diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of Cardiology.

We see patients in 4 different locations throughout SW Florida. Bonita Springs is our main office, and we have satellite offices in Cape Coral, Port Charlotte and Sarasota/Bradenton. Cardiac patients are typically seen by appointment, however, all cardiac patients that are in an emergency situation will be seen immediately.

Why seek care from a board certified cardiologist?

Studies have shown that pets with congestive heart failure live 75% longer when your primary care veterinarian collaborates with a board certified cardiologist.

  • ACVIMBoard certified cardiologists have 3-5 years of training beyond veterinary school, specifically in the area of cardiology, and have passed 2 rigorous examinations to achieve Diplomate status.
  • When your pet’s testing is performed with a cardiologist, you receive results and a treatment plan immediately. There is no telemedicine involved in your pets care, increasing the accuracy of the results. At SWFVS, your appointment will typically last 60-90 minutes and will include a detailed discussion of your pet’s heart disease and treatment plan. A comprehensive written report will be provided to you and to your primary care veterinarian.
Please bring all records, radiographs (x-rays), and any medications that your pet is taking.

Common reasons your veterinarian may recommend seeing a board certified cardiologist:

  • Heart murmur
  • Abnormal heart beats, also known as arrhythmias
  • Reduced energy, weakness, or collapse
  • Respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or labored breathing
  • Screening for high risk breeds such as Dobermans or Boxers
  • Screening for breeding animals

Are there treatment options if my pet has heart disease?

Most types of heart disease in animals are treatable. An early, accurate diagnosis is important so that the best life saving treatment options can be instituted. The common diseases such as mitral valve disease, dilated cardiomyopathy, and pulmonary hypertension are typically treated with medications. Some cardiac disease may require surgery for treatment or correction. At SWFVS, we offer interventional, minimally invasive surgery for pets with certain heart diseases. Minimally invasive surgery means less time in the hospital and a faster recovery for your pet.

Common Heart Disease in Dogs & Cats

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Subaortic Stenosis

Wendy G. Arsenault, DVM

Wendy G. Arsenault, DVM

Diplomate ACVIM

Jennifer Mulz, DVM

Jennifer Mulz, DVM

Diplomate ACVIM

G. Curt Rehling, DVM

G. Curt Rehling, DVM

Diplomate ACVIM