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Our veterinarians have experience in treating acquired and congenital heart disease as well as pericardial disease. In addition, we respond to your pet's needs as a whole, ensuring overall comfort and well being.

Pets with heart disease, or other ailments affecting the heart and lungs, may not always have visible signs of discomfort. Others may experience difficulty breathing, coughing, fainting, or lethargy depending on the stage of illness.

Dr. Maisenbacher visits ACAH one to two times weekly to offer his expertise. Please visit for more information. 


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Terms you should know:

  • Congenital refers to development changes in the heart that are typically present in patients since birth. The severity of these diseases is evaluated using echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and angiography. Several disease, such as Pulmonic stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus, may be cured or their severity greatly reduced with surgery.
  • Pericardial refers to changes in the sac, or pericardium, that surrounds the heart. The most common type is the formation of fluid in the pericardium. We are unique in our ability to perform many procedures using both invasive and non-invasive techniques, which helps patients avoid large incisions and long recovery times.