Respiratory Medicine in North Denver, Boulder & Westminster
Primary care veterinarians are skilled at diagnosing and treating many respiratory issues in pets, but some conditions require specialized diagnostics and care in order to optimize treatment outcomes.
Since 1993, Choice Veterinary Specialists has been providing hospital-based veterinary respiratory care for pets in the Denver Metro area suffering from difficult-to-manage conditions.
We take pride in our hospital's approach to specialized medicine which allows our specialists to continue following the health of our patients over the course of their lifetimes. We care about the long-term success of your pet's treatment.
Board-Certified Veterinary Internist in Westminster
While there is no veterinary specialty certification offered in small animal pulmonology, our cardiologist and veterinary internal medicine specialists are trained to handle complex and difficult-to-manage respiratory cases in cats and dogs.
Their experience and expertise help pets to live better, longer lives.
Treatment at Choice Veterinary Specialists
Caring for the extensive needs of pets with respiratory issues requires the use of many specialized diagnostic tools and procedures that aren't commonly available at most veterinary clinics.
Some of the technology and tools that our specialist vets use to diagnose and treat pets with respiratory issues include:
Digital Radiography (X-Rays)
Virtually all pets with lung disease or suspected lung complications will require radiographs. A radiograph, or X-ray, is a painless and non-invasive procedure that allows our veterinarians to look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernible from the outside.
A stent may be used to open up the trachea in cases of severe tracheal collapse. This procedure is done through the mouth with the use of fluoroscopy.
A bronchoscopy allows us to have a direct visualization of lung airways and also allows us to perform foreign body removal.
Fluoroscopy is a medical procedure that uses several pulses of an X-ray to make a real-time video of tissues inside your pet's body. We often use fluoroscopy to evaluate the degree and extent of tracheal collapse.
An echocardiogram uses electrodes to check your heart rhythm and ultrasound technology to see how blood moves through your heart. This is particularly important in Westminster - since high blood pressure in the lungs is common here at our high altitude.