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CVCA Wheat Ridge Cardiologists
Meet The Team
Our Wheat Ridge, CO office is supported by two outstanding boarded cardiologists: Drs. Dixon-Jimenez and LaFauci.
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Get The Facts
Here are a few of the typical questions, with answers, that you may have about your upcoming appointment.
Yes! In fact, we encourage our pets to have their family member with them during the entire appointment including the exam and the echocardiogram. It helps the pet to have their person in the room with them, and you have an opportunity to see and understand more about your pet's cardiac health with the experience. You can talk directly with the cardiologist to answer any questions you have.
A typical appointment is 1 hour for most appointment types. This allows us to get your pet checked in, take a blood pressure reading, examine your pet, and perform an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart).
Yes. You will receive a detailed home care report to take with you.
You will receive a detailed home care report to take with you. It will have all the doctor’s findings and recommendations, in detail. A full report will be faxed over the same day to your primary care veterinarian, along with any other veterinarians who are involved in your pet’s care.
We send them a detailed report and keep them completely in the loop regarding cardiac care -- often the same day of your appointment. CVCA works with our partners in primary care through a co-managed care philosophy: as expert specialists in cardiac care, we provide all the information you and your primary care need on your pet's cardiology care. Your primary care is still the hub of your pet's healthcare and factors in this cardiology information with all the other healthcare your pet receives.
Discuss this with your primary care veterinarian or the CVCA team in advance. They can discuss options to help make the pet less stressed, including sedatives. If your pet typically takes anti-anxiety medication prior to veterinary visits, you may give that medication to your pet before your CVCA visit.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It is considered the “Gold Standard” of diagnostics and is how our cardiologist obtains the best information regarding your pet’s heart. It is a painless procedure to your pet and lets you see and understand the pet’s heart function along with the doctor.
Hear Their Stories
My cat has congestive heart failure, and I can't thank the staff at CVCA enough for their ongoing clear communication, responsiveness to any questions I have, great bedside manner, and expertise. Their consistent support is so very much appreciated.
- Krystyn K.
I just cannot say enough good things about the entire CVCA experience. Every single aspect of the appointment was perfect. The doctor was so compassionate and loving to our big boy. He made sure he was thorough, very focused, detail-oriented, and made sure we understood completely my pet’s care plan and next steps. We walked away feeling 100% better than when we came in for our appointment. I would highly recommend CVCA to anyone.
Like many people nowadays, our pets mean more to us than ever. Our Great Dane had a couple of severe health concerns come up by the time he was 8 months old, one of them being a cardiac condition. Reassurance that he would be well cared for no matter what his cardiac exam results were took a lot of the weight off my shoulders. The educational conversations I had with the cardiologist were concise and helped me understand what was going on with him so I could provide better care at home. He is now 2 years old and thriving! If you are looking for cardiac care for your giant breed dog I would highly recommend CVCA because having a provider willing to level with you and explain diagnoses, causes, and treatment plans with patience in layman's terms is priceless.
- C. M.
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