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This is a second opinion service and referral must come through your own veterinary surgeon. Please contact your own surgery first.

Once the referral has been made, Sue Roberts will contact you directly to discuss details and arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

The referral process involves an extended consultation and if necessary, further investigation (blood pressure measurement, recording a trace of the heart's electrical activity (an electrocardiogram or ECG), a detailed ultrasound examination of the heart (an echocardiogram). These procedures are not painful or invasive and are generally well tolerated.  They are carried out in a wide awake animal wherever possible although mild sedation may be used if your animal is very anxious or frightened.

Generally, you are welcome to stay with your animal provided your own anxiety does not distress them (or vice versa!).

Animals with very dense or shaggy coats may need to have some hair clipped off both sides of the chest – about a hand span area just behind each elbow- to allow good contact between the ultrasound probe and the skin surface. Gel is applied to increase this skin contact.

The results of the examination will be given to you at the time of the examination and to your practice on the same day.

For heart testing only please contact Sue Roberts directly.