Early detection and characterization of the underlying condition is important when choosing effective treatment for heart disease. Heavy breathing, lethargy, coughing, and collapse are all primary signs that your pet may have a heart condition.

Our cardiologist will work with your primary care veterinarian to develop a treatment plan for your pet. Medical records, laboratory work, and radiographs are all helpful.

For the safety of all hospital patients, all dogs and cats must be leashed, crated or carried at all times. Retractable leashes must be locked at all times.


Once you have consulted with your primary care veterinarian and your pet has been referred to our cardiologist, you can call Monday through Friday 8am-5pm to schedule an appointment. If our specialty coordinator is unavailable at those times, you may be asked to leave your name and phone number so we can schedule you an appointment when she is available.
Appointments/consultations are approximately 45 minutes, depending on the severity of the case. Our cardiologist will review the medical record and radiographs before examination and ultrasound of your pet.

Associated Fees

The cost of examination with our cardiologist is $480.00 and includes consultation, electrocardiogram (EKG), and echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound). Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, Scratch Pay, or CareCredit.  We do not extend lines of credit. All payment is due at time of services.

Proposed Treatment Plan

All clients are presented with proposed treatment plans for medical care for their pet. After examination by our doctor, a treatment plan will be generated based on the medical needs of the pet. A pre-payment of the low end of the treatment plan is required for treatment.

Our Cardiologist

John Reed, DVM, DACVIM, Cardiology

Dr. Reed graduated from UC Davis in 1977. After graduating, Dr. Reed completed his internship at Washington State in 1978. During the years of 1978 – 1980 he worked on his cardiology residency at UC Davis. In 1982 he became board certified in cardiology through ACVIM. Since 2000, Dr. Reed has been an adjunct professor in the UC Davis Department of Surgery and Radiology.