Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists


Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists offers echocardiography as one of our many veterinary cardiology services. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound (sonogram) exam of the heart. Though it is non-invasive, echocardiography allows us to look inside the heart, using sound waves to safely image the heart valves, assess blood flow, determine the cause of heart murmurs and assess the strength and health of the heart muscle and its chambers. These, and other parameters, allow our cardiologist to diagnose and provide appropriate treatment recommendations for diseases of the heart.

Echocardiography and ultrasonography tend to be very well tolerated by most animals and sedation is rarely used. In overweight or double-coated animals, a small area of fur on the chest may be clipped to maximize visualization of the heart.



General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists is the only 24-hour emergency hospital in lower Manhattan. We are located at 1 West 15th Street, close to the corner of Fifth Avenue. Our number is 212-924-3311 although if you are having an emergency, you do not have to call before coming in.

Any of the following situations or conditions can be considered an emergency:

  • Traumatic incident such as a fall, a fight with an animal, or any type of car accident
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Bleeding, vomiting blood, blood in the feces or urine
  • Swollen, hard abdomen that is painful to the touch
  • Serious wound
  • Non-weight bearing lameness
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Exposure to extreme heat or cold
  • Non-productive retching and abdominal distention (signs of bloat)