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Cool Echocardiogramís for the curious

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NACk...EdFerQ&index=2



Hoss is scheduled for his first echo this month...no problems just taking an internal look at his heart.
Dobebug had described the tables they use etc. So I found this and it gave me some idea of what to expect and the things the cardiologist is evaluating.

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Good luck with his visit! Can you do a 24 hour holter before his visit and take the results with you? It's a great way to be prepared for your visit.
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Actually it seems difficult to find a place that offers one stop shopping so to speak.........

Hoss went to vet: Haines Road Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg FL.
Dr. Raul Buso, Ultrasonography Certification, Echocardiogram Certification and completed a physical exam...............this doc wants to do the echo first .....those results will be sent to a Board Certified Vet. Cardiologist for a read ........once we have those results and measurements on file .........next we will decide on when and where to do the Holter testing......this doc does not have holters in office ...would need to be referred out for access to this equipment.

Would love to find a place here .....that offers it all......echo and holter ....... all at the same place.

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There are often cardio (echo) clinics at shows, done for a reduced rate ~$200. Some veterinary schools will rent holters- NC state does it for about $100, and they ship it to you. I'm not sure if UFL does the same? You could also get in contact with or get involved with the DPC of Florida Doberman Pinscher Club of Florida, Incorporated | Homestead, FL 33033 They may have a holter or can rent one from DPCA for their members. There are many benefits of being a member of a DPCA chapter club
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Humm......DPCA.....I thought your dog had to be registered and then you would have to be sponsored by a member of the club..???
Anyway......after your note earlier .....I did some more shopping today...I think this place looks better ............BluePearl Animal Hospital .......the head Cardio. Board Certified.......his name is Dr. Alan Spier ......was advised I need to be referred by my regular vet.......and they do a full work up in one visit .........consult $140......echo 500......holter ....about $450...........confirmed they when holtering normally 24 hours ......probes are secured.... with no need for excessive taping that would circumference the dogs chest to hold things in place. Hoss has no issues ...so I can always go to this one stop does all place.........thoughts?
Anything stick out to you as unusual with this intel?

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Humm......DPCA.....I thought your dog had to be registered and then you would have to be sponsored by a member of the club..???
Anyway......after your note earlier .....I did some more shopping today...I think this place looks better ............BluePearl Animal Hospital .......the head Cardio. Board Certified.......his name is Dr. Alan Spier ......was advised I need to be referred by my regular vet.......and they do a full work up in one visit .........consult $140......echo 500......holter ....about $450...........confirmed they when holtering normally 24 hours ......probes are secured.... with no need for excessive taping that would circumference the dogs chest to hold things in place. Hoss has no issues ...so I can always go to this one stop does all place.........thoughts?
Anything stick out to you as unusual with this intel?
To be a member of DPCA or a chapter club you do not need to have your dog registered, you don't have to even have a doberman.

I don't know your area but that price is high for here. A preliminary echo/holter and consult from a board certified cardiologist would be $6-800.
Since one of mine does have DCM I go in for the echo/consult and bring the holter results with me- that saves about $300. It is $30/dog for me to do the holter through our dobe club.

If you want a cost effective way to get a baseline cardio workup on him, and don't suspect he has DCM, My suggestion would be to look for shows in your area offering Echo clinics and then do the Holter through one of the other ways I mentioned above. This would be $3-400 instead of what sounds like $1000+
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Those prices are pretty in line with what you would pay here to go to the specialist rather than finding a cardio clinic where they run a bunch of dogs through in one day for a reduced price. You may want to look into joining a local Doberman club and see if they have a holter that you can use for just the cost of having it read.... about $40

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