SPECIALIST vets have opened the region’s first congenital heart disease clinic for puppies and kittens in Solihull.
Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in Shirley, has kicked off the new year by launching the pioneering initiative.
Willows, which is home to one of the country’s busiest veterinary cardiology services, has launched the new clinic to assess cats and dogs under six months old, where a heart murmur has been detected.
Chris Linney, head of cardiology at Willows, said: “This will be the first specialist-led congenital heart disease clinic in the country and will use some of the latest and most advanced equipment available in the veterinary world. As well as advanced ultrasound, we also have state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) available for assessment of complex cases.
“With the support of the hospital service and other specialist disciplines here at Willows, it means we can offer excellent care to our patients, clients and referring vets.
“By reviewing these animals at a younger age, we hope to set strategies in place that can improve their long-term health.
“We will also offer a precise diagnosis, outlook and prognosis on the cause of the heart murmur and, where needed, carry out surgery.
“This would be minimally invasive, keyhole procedures and often the earlier these are done, the better the outlook for the patient.”
Its state-of-the-art diagnostic, surgical and hospital facilities are some of the best in small animal practice across Europe, and are matched by the quality, training and dedication of their veterinary and support staff teams.
It has specialist-led services in cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, soft tissue surgery, spinal surgery, diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia and analgesia.