July 02, 2020 12:13 PM

As of June 29, MSU's Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (ECCM) operations have modified:

All walk-in patients will be evaluated. Life-threatening cases will be admitted. Cases evaluated as stable will be referred to the client’s primary care veterinarian, other facilities, or other services within the MSU Hospital, if possible. Monday–Friday, from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., the ECCM Service will operate as a “referral only” service. However, walk-in patients with critical illness or immediately life-threatening problems will always receive care. Referring veterinarians should call 517-353-5420 prior to sending any patients to MSU. View the Hospital's full web page.

A primary care veterinarian may also refer patients for:

  • Murmurs or other abnormal heart sounds
  • Evidence for heart enlargement
  • Abnormal heart rhythms

The Cardiology Service at the MSU Veterinary Medical Center focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disorders in companion animals. The service provides medical cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, as well as minimally invasive transvenous procedures and those done via thoracoscopic exams. We also provide consulting services for large animals.

Patients typically visit the Cardiology Service for:

  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Collapse (syncope)
  • Coughing
  • Cyanosis (bluish color of the gums)
  • Evidence of heart enlargement
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Murmurs or other abnormal heart sounds
  • Shortness of breath

The Cardiology Service offers full-service treatment options including:

  • Dietary and exercise modifications
  • Medical therapy
  • Non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures
  • Surgical procedures on the heart

“The Cardiology Service’s commitment to patient care is at the forefront of each and every day. A key component of this care is the collaboration we have with our referring veterinarians.”

– Rob Sanders
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology), Associate Professor