Austin Heart Vet offers comprehensive companion animal cardiac care in the greater Austin, Texas region
How To Reach Us
We see scheduled appointments at our office at the Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center in Round Rock, TX. Appointment scheduling can be done by calling our main phone number 512-745-3698, or by calling HOTVSC directly 512-744-4644.
Events and News
• We are now using VetSource – an online pharmacy with competitive pricing and convenient home delivery! Sign up, request your cardiac medications as outlined on your discharge summary, and we will approve the prescription when we receive it.
• As of September 2015, Austin Heart Vet will see patients as appointments at our office. In order to accommodate the greatest number of patients possible, the mobile service will be on hiatus indefinitely. Thank you for your understanding!
• Dr. Meier was once again the consulting cardiologist for the San Antonio Zoo last week, performing an echocardiogram on a Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa). It was an honor and a thrill to be able to collaborate with the Zoo veterinary staff to provide top level diagnostics for this exotic species.
• Dr. Meier will be speaking on cardiac emergencies at a CE event hosted by Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center on November 8th 2014.
• Austin Heart Vet has been busy in the cardiac catheterization lab! We performed a successful patent ductus arteriosus closure with an Amplatz Canine Ductal Occluder (ACDO) and a successful pulmonic balloon valvuloplasty last week. Both patients did awesome and we were able to minimally invasively restore much more normal physiology to their hearts.
• Austin Heart Vet performed a pacemaker implantation in a canine patient in March 2014! We are the first cardiology practice to offer interventional procedures in the central Texas region.
• Dr. Meier was the consulting cardiologist for the San Antonio Zoo this week, performing an echocardiogram and EKG on a Babirusa (Indonesian pig). It was an honor and a thrill to be able to collaborate with the Zoo veterinary staff to provide top level diagnostics for this exotic species. Click here for photos.
• Tuesday February 11, 2104 Dr. Meier spoke to the Capital Area Veterinary Medical Association (CAVMA) on Canine Trypanosomiasis (Chagas’ disease). Although the talk was cut short by the weather, it was an engaging discussion on an emerging disease.
• Saturday February 8, 2104 Dr. Meier spoke to owners and Boxer Lovers at Firehouse Animal Hospital on Boxer Heart Health. It was a fun, educational day with lots of lovely Boxers (and their owners!) in attendance.
• February 2014 – The C-Arm fluoroscope is here! The catheterization laboratory is up and running. We are now able to offer Central Texas pets state of the art, minimally invasive cardiac procedures for PDA closure, balloon valvuloplasty, and pacemaker implantation. Please call 512-745-3698 for more information or referrals.
• Starting in 2014, Austin Heart Vet will begin performing interventional cardiology procedures. Common procedures include patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure, pacemaker implantation for bradyarrhythmias (too slow heart rates), and balloon valvuloplasty for narrowed valves. We are excited to be able to bring this level of minimally invasive cardiac care to Central Texas. Stay tuned for updates!
• Dr. Meier will be speaking on congenital heart disease at the Mission Veterinary Specialists CE event Sunday November 3, 2013.
• 8th Annual Barktoberfest aims to help homeless pets. See Dr. Katie Meier on KVUE’s local news discussing heart disease in pets.
Veterinary Cardiology is the specialty concerned with heart disease in animals. A veterinary cardiologist is trained in all aspects of diagnostic and interventional cardiology. Heart disease can be congenital, or present from birth, or acquired.Heart disease can affect valves, the heart muscle, the electrical system. Diagnostics commonly used in veterinary cardiology include radiographs (x-rays), electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and blood pressure measurement. More invasive diagnostics include cardiac catheterization with direct pressure measurements and angiography.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call our main phone number 512-745-3698 to help coordinate office appointments. We look forward to seeing you and your pets!
If you are a referring veterinarian and have an electrocardiogram (ECG) or chest x-rays you would like Austin Heart Vet to evaluate, please submit the case through the Vogal app. Vogal is an iPhone app that connects referring veterinarians with local specialists for streamlined consultations on cases. The app is free in the apple App store.
If you need prescriptions filled please visit our VetSource online pharmacy webstore for competitively priced cardiac medications delivered right to your door! If you have questions, you can contact us at 512-745-3698.