Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness

Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness

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Thank you Dr Ingrid Straeter for giving my precious Ella Grace the best care when her grandparents bring her for her appointment! I know you are a huge reason she has done so well for 4 years! You and your staff are so appreciated!!

Here she is today napping with her big sister Gracie! 💗💗
There is an internet/ phone outage with Spectrum in our area this morning. We are here! If you need us, send an email & we will respond ASAP! [email protected]
Thank you!
Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness was well represented at the U.S. Canine Biathlon today. Left to right: Michelle & Athena, Lauren & Jim, Dr. Straeter & Nova. All 3 dogs were amazing!
When darling 8 year old Gabby was surrendered to us by her family she had a significant heart murmur due to mitral valve disease (MVD) which had not been properly assessed or managed. She saw our cardiologist and received her first echocardiogram with us at intake where she was diagnosed with severe mitral valve disease and started heart medications to help support the heart and help slow down further progression of the disease.

Gabby has had multiple recheck echocardiograms since then where our cardiologist has seen “remarkable improvements” each time with her parameters improving and her pulmonary hypertension well controlled. She has responded so very well to the medications. She has also lost 6 pounds in our care since arriving obese which we know has also improved her heart and overall health. She was able to receive her much needed dental and remove a bothersome cyst on her eyelid. Everything has been looking up for Gabby!

But on her January echocardiogram, something was seen on her right atrium that wasn’t there on her previous scans. We suspected this to be a blood clot/thrombus so we started Gabby on Plavix (blood thinner) and she returned this week for a recheck to ensure the blood clot was gone.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t gone and so this is very likely a tumor 💔 The mass is small (about the size of a pea) and you can see it on the upper right side of this image. We know we caught it early because she was having regular scans and on one scan is wasn’t there, and the next it was. It is impossible to know from the echo if the tumor is IN her heart or ON the right atrial wall. If it is on the wall, there may be the option for surgical removal. Our next step is a CT scan and we are awaiting scheduling of that.

These types of tumors are not typically caught early because they do not cause symptoms until very advanced and therefore too late to do anything about them, so the prognosis is typically grim. It just so happens that Miss Gabby was having frequent scans with us due to her advanced MVD where we were able to catch this at its beginning stage, so we pray that this means a chance at a far greater outcome than most dogs have with cardiac tumors 🙏🏻

We are very upset by this finding and eager to know more. We will be sure to share more when we know more 💜 Gabby is being fostered in Birmingham, Alabama, and is under the care of our wonderful and skilled cardiologist, Dr. Ingrid Straeter-Knowlen at Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness.
Check out the new hand painted signage by Fitz Signs & Murals at Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness in Southside! 🐶🐱❤️
#ccrarchitects #ccrarchitecture #signage #handpaintedsigns
New signage for the new location of Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness Address: 2114 10th Avenue S, Birmingham.
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Thank you CCR Architecture & Interiors for facilitating this project. 🙏
Happy Thanksgiving from Angel Willett & family!!! You guys are awesome, because of y’all we have had another wonderful year with our little old lady!!❤️
Angel was not happy about sharing her Dr Straeter-Knowlen time with Mr. Monkey! They both adore her!!She's the best!
Will the clinic be open on this coming Monday, Labor Day?
I need to get an app for my Cavalier, Oliver, ASAP. Thank you!
As always an amazing experience with these guys Dr Straeter is absolutely the best and Miss Kathy and all the ladies love them all. But she tired now but all is good

Veterinary diagnostics/treatment: cardiology, incl. echocardiogram, ECG, blood pressure. Veterinary physical rehab with underwater treadmill, laser.

Operating as usual

01/22/2022

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Photos from Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness's post 11/30/2021

Please help! Sweet Sadie needs a home!
Her owner suffers from terminal cancer and it is his fervent wish to see his beloved companion of 3 years adopted into a furever home before the holidays.
She’s a spayed 4 year old hound mix with vaccinations current. She weighs about 35 lbs and gets along with dogs and cats. She can stay outside a bit but is used to sleeping inside at night - often on the bed 😉.

11/01/2021

And the winner is.....
Leanne as "McDonald had a farm"! Congratulations, Leanne!

And the winner is.....
Leanne as "McDonald had a farm"! Congratulations, Leanne!

10/28/2021

Let us know! Just "like" the pic of your winning contestant. Have fun.

Let us know! Just "like" the pic of your winning contestant. Have fun.

10/28/2021

And here is:
"The forgetful Martini- and rabbit loving lady"

And here is:
"The forgetful Martini- and rabbit loving lady"

10/28/2021

The third contestant:
"McDonald had a farm"

The third contestant:
"McDonald had a farm"

10/28/2021

Our second contestants:
The Road Crew.

Our second contestants:
The Road Crew.

10/28/2021

READY??!! Here goes.
Who wins? Here is our first contestant:

Wednesday from the Addams family

READY??!! Here goes.
Who wins? Here is our first contestant:

Wednesday from the Addams family

10/25/2021

We will have our 3rd Annual 4legged/2legged Howl-o-ween contest on Thursday, October 30th! Check back - it's bound to be a hoot!

Preview: this is from the 2nd Annual contest:

We will have our 3rd Annual 4legged/2legged Howl-o-ween contest on Thursday, October 30th! Check back - it's bound to be a hoot!

Preview: this is from the 2nd Annual contest:

09/15/2021

We love our sweet Cavaliers and the amazing foster parents!

Yesterday, handsome 9 year old Happy met with our wonderful cardiologist in Birmingham, Alabama for his full cardiac evaluation and echocardiogram since a significant heart murmur was detected at his intake vetting🫀

Like most older adult Cavaliers, Happy has mitral valve disease (MVD). His mitral valve is severely insufficient which has caused some changes to the structure of his heart, specifically the left side of his heart, and more specially enlargement of his left ventricle. Despite the changes to his heart, Happy does not have any symptoms from his heart disease, is not in heart failure, and does not have pulmonary hypertension. He has started on 2 heart medications which will help slow down progression of the heart disease.

Many Cavaliers with mitral valve disease do very well on heart medications and live normal, quality lives. But continued monitoring under the care of a cardiologist is so important so that medications can be adjusted as need be. Happy is due back for another echocardiogram in 6 months which will be compared to his scans now to get an idea of how well he is responding to the medications.

Unfortunately owning a Cavalier means being prepared for mitral valve disease (MVD), but thankfully with skilled cardiologists and wonderful medications, this disease can be well managed for many 💜

08/25/2021

Who knows a horse lover who could help me with my horses full or part time (ride English or western , groom, clean tack, keep pasture pristine, etc) in the vicinity of Columbiana/Alabaster/Chelsea?

Who knows a horse lover who could help me with my horses full or part time (ride English or western , groom, clean tack, keep pasture pristine, etc) in the vicinity of Columbiana/Alabaster/Chelsea?

08/09/2021

THANK you for all the interest in our sweet Mavis. He found a wonderful new home.

THANK you for all the interest in our sweet Mavis. He found a wonderful new home.

Photos from Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness's post 08/08/2021

We need help finding a home for this sweet (it even likes me!!) little ferret boy Mavis, born in March 2021. He loves playing with cats, too.
Call us if you want to adopt. 2059679134

06/24/2021

If you ever wonder what we do with your 4-legged friend behind closed COVID doors:
yep. We treat them like royalty. Like they deserve.

If you ever wonder what we do with your 4-legged friend behind closed COVID doors:
yep. We treat them like royalty. Like they deserve.

06/22/2021

Our internet is down!!! 😢😳
Please call us instead at:
2055196525

04/14/2021
02/26/2021

Who is ready for spring weather? Little Ms. Sassy here seems to be ready for anything!

Who is ready for spring weather? Little Ms. Sassy here seems to be ready for anything!

02/14/2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hug your pet from us.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hug your pet from us.

02/02/2021

Valentine's day is coming up! Our favorite day here at Animal Cardiology.
Look how some of your will spend their Valentine's day:

Valentine's day is coming up! Our favorite day here at Animal Cardiology.
Look how some of your will spend their Valentine's day:

01/03/2021

We hope you rang in the New Year like Nova here - in good humor, happy and healthy, and a touch of mischief.

12/11/2020

Check out our new sign! Making it even easier to find us.
Are we still sick? Yes. Oh yes we are. But we are getting there. Thank you for all of your patience - things will normalize soon!

12/01/2020

We are sick y’all. All of us in Animal Cardioloy. We are so sorry. Please bear with us.
PS: no, it’s not Covid!

11/01/2020

Thank you to all who voted!
Congratulations to “Carol and Tiger King” for winning the 2nd annual contest!
She’ll receive a full DVD set of the series. (Just kidding)

10/29/2020

We have Peace&Sunbeam, Carol and Tiger King, Little Red Riding Hood, and Daphne with Scooby Doo.

10/29/2020

It's our Halloween Contest!! Vote on the pics - who do you like best?

10/28/2020

ARE YOU ALL READY FOR OUR 2ND ANNUAL 2 PLUS 4 LEGGED HOWLOWEEN CONTEST?!? Stay tuned for fun pics to vote on, on Thursday October 29th.
Will we be able to top Leanne as Cruella DeVille from 2019?

10/10/2020

Welcome to Five Points South!

10/09/2020

Hello Handsome!

09/09/2020

Are all the kinks worked out yet?
No.
But we are happy to be here!
A huge shout-out to the architecture firm CCR Architecture & Interiors, in particular my patient architect Robert Bruner, and the construction company of Murray Building Company, Inc., in particular Marcial Mendez, who always answered my messages. Couldn't have been a better team. Thank you!

09/02/2020

Yes, we are open.
No, the phone is STILL not working - our heartfelt apologies. Spectrum absolutely, truly, is not to be recommended.
Please email us: [email protected], or message us...

Thank you for understanding!

09/02/2020

Animal Cardiology/Animal Rehab and Fitness's cover photo

08/25/2020

Crunch-time! We are trying to be ready to move. Nervous? Anxious? Stressed? Well - yes to all.

08/17/2020

The new location is getting more and more ready!! Who is excited?!

08/06/2020

Ready for another game of "guess the breed"? I have a few more interesting ones here...

08/03/2020

May your week be as peaceful as I felt today on my pony at my friend’s gorgeous farm.

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This dog can talk!
Sweet little Hearty who was diagnosed with a PDA, a congenital heart defect. Dr. Tony Ballagas repaired the duct.

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2114 10th Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
35205

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Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 1pm
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