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Pet Specialists of Monterey


We are now offering advanced pet cardiology services led by Dr. Michael Lesser and a team of highly trained staff. As an experienced diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Dr. Lesser is able to assess, diagnose, and treat various diseases of the heart and lungs. Utilizing advanced imaging such as echocardiogram combined with color flow doppler as well as an assortment of noninvasive techniques, most cardiac diseases can be treated with lifelong medications. Dr. Lesser’s goal is to provide his patients with a good quality of life for as long as possible.

Dr. Lesser also coordinates with the surgery service to offer corrections of congenital cardiac abnormalities such as, Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) and Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRAA). Dr. Lesser and the surgical team also work together on patients with pericardial disease. We offer minimally invasive thoracoscopic pericardiectomy as well as thoracotomy for pericardiectomy and mass biopsy.

To optimize your pet’s health, the team here at Pet Specialists will work with your family veterinarian to ensure the highest quality of care is achieved. Your family veterinarian may have recommended a cardiology consult due to several possible reasons:

  • Newly diagnosed heart murmur or recent increase in murmur grade (1-6)
  • Episodes of collapse or fainting
  • Irregular breathing or respiratory distress
  • Chronic coughing
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Diagnosed heart failure or heart disease
  • Irregular heart rhythm

What to Expect at Your Cardiology Consult

Cardiology machine

Our board-certified cardiologist will review your pet’s history and medical records provided by your family veterinarian. Based on the history and physical exam findings, a plan will be developed to further diagnose and treat your pet’s condition. Depending on the indications, recommended diagnostics may include:

  • Thoracic Radiographs (X-Rays)—a series of pictures taken to evaluate and identify any possible abnormalities in the chest cavity
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)—this test measures and records the electrical conduction and rhythm of the heart for evaluation
  • In-Hospital Telemetry—continuous ECG monitoring of heart rate and rhythm while in the hospital
  • Holter Monitoring—24-hour ECG recording while at home
  • Echocardiography—ultrasound of the heart
  • Surgical intervention may be recommended in some cases, for example: implantation of a pacemaker, balloon valvuloplasty or angiography

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Lesser, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), please call 831-899-4838.