Cardiology


Our veterinary cardiologist, Dr. Kiira Rodriguez, works with your primary care veterinarian to diagnose, manage, and treat heart conditions in pets.

Dr. Rodriguez has advanced training in the practice of cardiology, and has completed a three-year residency program at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center.

If your veterinarian thinks your pet has heart disease, a heart murmur, abnormal heart rhythm, an enlarged heart, has fluid in the lungs, chest, abdomen, or around the heart, or has heart failure, or a heart tumor, your pet may benefit from being referred to Dr. Rodriguez.

Some common heart problems animals can have include:

  • Degenerative valve disease (leaky valves)
  • Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathies)
  • Congenital abnormalities (problems present from birth)
  • Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms)
  • Heart tumors

Common signs of heart disease in animals:

  • Coughing
  • Difficult, labored breathing
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Passing out
  • Dragging the hind limbs

If your pet has any of these symptoms, take him/her to your primary veterinarian, or to Nashville Veterinary Specialists.  We are open 24/7/365 for pet medical emergencies.