Life & Living

The Veterinary

Cardiology service at Fromus Vets is run by Dr Rosie Barker GPCert(cardio) BVetMed MRCVS, who holds a General Practitioner Certificate in cardiology, and Dr Elliot Smith BSc BVSc MRCVS, who is currently studying for a CertAVP in Cardiology. 

Rosie and Elliot are experienced in diagnosing and treating pets with heart disease and offer echocardiography (ultrasound scanning of the heart) to diagnose an array of cardiac conditions in dogs and cats. The practice has a range of other diagnostic facilities available including an in-house laboratory, bronchoscopy, digital radiography and digital ECG, which is used in diagnosis of heart rhythm problems. 

Ground breaking research in recent years has changed how we treat dogs with certain heart diseases. Historically, we have only recommended treatment for dogs with heart disease once they have progressed into heart failure and developed symptoms such as difficulty breathing, lethargy, decreased appetite and reduced ability to exercise. However, the latest research shows that dogs suffering from one of the commonly diagnosed heart diseases, mitral valve disease or dilated cardiomyopathy, can benefit enormously from receiving a medication before the onset of heart failure. The medication delays the onset of heart failure, providing a better quality of life for longer, as well as significantly increasing overall life expectancy.

Many small breed dogs are at risk of mitral valve disease including cavalier king charles spaniels, terriers, poodles, chihuahuas and dachshunds. Many other larger breeds suffer from heart diseases too including labradors, border collies, dobermanns, boxers and German shepherds.

Rosie and Elliot are aiming to help improve the welfare of dogs with mitral valve disease or dilated cardiomyopathy and help them live longer, happier lives by raising awareness, screening for these diseases early and starting appropriate medication before heart failure occurs. 

The cardiology service at Fromus Vets is available to pets registered with the practice as well as those registered at sister practices, Eagle Vets in Halesworth and Castle Vets in Framlingham. For pets at other practices a referral can be made by contacting your usual veterinary surgeon.

For more information call Fromus Vets on 01728 602599.


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