There are a number of different diseases of the heart that can affect your pet. Some of these diseases may be present at birth and others may develop over time. Our veterinarians will use a number of different methods to detect and evaluate heart disease in your pet. Among these are auscultation with a stethoscope, xrays, electrocardiograms (ECG) and cardiac ultrasound. Regular examinations of your pet can help detect these problems early so that treatment can be started before there is a lot of damage done to the heart.