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Q. My Boxer had kennel cough after neutering and a x-ray also showed an enlarged heart. Vet suggested my dog seen by a cardiologist cant reg. Vet do.

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A. Yes, however a veterinary cardiologist is better suited to assess and treat your dog if indicated since Boxers are predisposed to a specific cardiac condition. The cardiologist can perform (and interpret) an echocardiogram quicker than your vet may be able to do it.

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A. Veterinary cardiologists have specialized training to recognize and treat cardiac disease and conditions in pets. Regular veterinarians have some training, but a two-week rotation versus two years of specialized study means that the cardiologist has been exposed to and have experience with many more cases of heart disease and with abnormalities to be better able to diagnose and treat your pet. Your vet can certainly run an ECG and know if there is something abnormal, but the cardiologist will know more about the condition and whether or not it is something to treat or not to worry about.

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