Important note regarding seeing cardiology patients during the coronavirus restrictions:
Veterinarians are currently considered by the state of California to provide essential services and I will continue seeing cardiology patients until ordered otherwise. The clinics where I work are practicing responsible social distancing by having clients stay in their cars and bringing only their pets into the hospital for their exams. I have been relaying the results to my clients by both a written report and by having a discussion in the parking lot from at least 6 feet away. We can also speak on the phone if preferred. This approach has been received well and all of my clients thus far have left feeling like they understand the diagnosis and plan and had their questions answered.
If your veterinarian suspects that your pet may have heart disease, it is important to obtain an exact diagnosis so that the proper treatment can be started. A veterinary cardiologist has advanced training in diseases of the cardiovascular system and is the best doctor to provide the diagnosis, treatment, and answers to any questions that you may have.
In addition to her 23 years of experience managing cardiology patients, Dr. Siemens has the gentle bedside manner that owners need when learning of their pets' heart problems. She understands that most of the patients that she sees are cherished family members. She is dedicated to providing them with a high quality of life for as long as possible by educating their owners about the heart condition and giving expert advice about medical therapy.
Appointments are 1 hour long and take place at participating veterinary hospitals. Click on the Calendar Tab to see the schedule for each hospital. Please call the hospital of your choice directly to make your appointment. Only cardiology services will be offered at these participating hospitals during your appointment - please contact your veterinarian for issues that are not related to your pet's heart. Appointments nearly always consist of an exam and an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart.
Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the necessary paperwork and either bring pertinent records or have your veterinarian FAX or e-mail them to the clinic where you are scheduled to have your cardiology appointment. You do not need to fast your pet prior to the appointment. If your pet is already on heart medications, please give them as directed. You will be provided with a diagnosis and treatment plan at the end of the appointment. If you have non-urgent questions or concerns at any time down the road, you will be given an e-mail address that you can use at no extra charge. A detailed referral letter describing your visit will be sent to your pet's primary care provider.
Although it can be emotionally difficult to learn about your beloved pet's heart disease, it is important for you to know the facts so that you can provide the best treatment possible....and occasionally the diagnosis is much better news than expected. Your veterinarian, veterinary cardiologist, and you will form a team and work together on behalf of your pet. This will ensure that you are able to spend as much quality time as possible with your furbaby.
Address: P.O. Box 1898 Diamond Springs, CA 95619
Phone: You may leave phone messages for patients that I have seen at any of the clinics that I travel to. Click on the Links Tab for the website/phone number of participating clinics.
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - Please note that I cannot answer medical questions about a patient unless I have seen it personally.