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Techniques available for cardio-respiratory investigation include:


Echocardiography is the primary test used for most heart assessments and is a highly skilled procedure. Echocardiography examinations are usually performed without sedation or anesthetic. The examination is performed with a human MyLab Alpha echocardiography machine providing outstanding image quality. A sequence of 2D, M-mode, Colour flow, Doppler & Tissue Doppler Images are obtained and on this basis a report and advice provided to the primary vet. Echocardiography can give important information regarding severe lung disease in some animals.

ECG and Holter

ECG and Holter provide an assessment of heart rate and rhythem. For many animals who experience episodes of collapse or weakness it is useful to measure this in their home enviroment or whilst they are excercising.

16 Slice CT scanner for very detailed thoraic, airway and nasal imaging. Digital x-ray for concious radiographs.


Bronchoscopy allows visuliastion and examination of the throat, naso-pharynx, larynx, and airways. This is particularly useful for assessing airway collapse and collecting bacteriological and cytological samples and for removing foreign objects trapped within the airways.


Rhinoscopy is used in visulising the nasal passages. Nasal disease is often very frustrating to investigate and treat therefore obtaining a diagnosis is vital. Rhinoscopy is used to look for lesions like fungal plaques and to collect bacteriological and cytological samples and for removing foreign objects trapped within the nose. 

Cardio-respiratory referral

To refer a case please complete the referral form on the website and fax it back to New Priory Vets Brighton. We will contact the owner to arrange an appointment.

A detailed estimate will be provided after initial examination however please free to contact us first to discuss what investigations are likely to be most beneficial.
Previous history including radiographs and blood results should be sent prior to the appointment; or if necessary accompany the patient to the consultation. Pets are usually left for investigation with collection later that day at a specific appointment time to discuss results of investigation and ongoing treatment. An initial report will usually be sent within 24 hours of examination.

Overnight cases are monitored by staff of the 24 hours Priory Emergency Treatment Service (PETS). Most cardiac cases are examined without general anesthesia or sedation however these procedures may be required in some instances particularly for C.T. and bronchoscopy or rhinoscopy.

Heart disease in Dobermans (DCM)

Heart disease in DobermansHeart disease (DCM) is common in Dobermans and hard to identify in apparently well dogs with "occult" disease.

We know from Nualas study that treating Dobermans with preclinical DCM delays onset of clinical symptoms and extends survival. There is a currently project looking at the ability of blood tests (NT-proBNP and High sensitivity Troponin I) to screen Dobermans for occult DCM. These tests are available at a reduced price via vets and some Dobermans may be eligible for Holter and echo by us at greatly reduced price.

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Information The Cardiac Biomarker DCM Project

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