How Do Dogs and Cats benefit from a Board-Certified Cardiologist?

Here's a comprehensive guide on when and why dogs and cats may benefit from the expertise of a board-certified Cardiologist, especially the superior diagnostic and treatment capabilities available at VSC.

When is a Cardiologist Necessary?

It can be scary to learn that your pet is facing cardiac or pulmonary issues and navigating what to do next can be daunting. It’s highly beneficial for pets with a suspected or confirmed birth defect of the heart, a murmur or other cardiac disease to consult with a board-certified Cardiologist. Additionally, animals experiencing breathing issues, high blood pressure, or other related conditions may find significant advantages in the specialized care provided by a Cardiologist. They can provide the testing to diagnose your pet and develop a personalized treatment plan for your dog or cat.

Optimal Testing Location: A Commitment to Precision

To ensure the best diagnostic outcomes for your pet, a range of tests including Echocardiogram, Electrocardiogram (ECG), x-rays, blood pressure measurement, blood work, and Holter monitoring may be necessary. VSC distinguishes itself by employing two Boarded Veterinary Cardiologists with extensive training, allowing them to conduct and adjust these tests based on real-time observations. This level of precision is unmatched when compared to third-party testing services.

The VSC Difference: Unparalleled Expertise and Availability

At VSC, we take pride in having two highly qualified Cardiologists, Dr. Trevor Gerlach, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), and Dr. Leah Kruckman, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) enabling us to provide appointments Monday through Friday.

Our Cardiologists specialize in the advanced diagnostics and treatment of a wide spectrum of cardiac and respiratory issues, including but not limited to:

  • Degenerative Valve Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Syncope/Collapse

When minimally invasive or interventional procedures are required,  our Cardiologists and our Anesthesiologist collaborate seamlessly, ensuring a comprehensive approach to your pet’s well-being. Such procedures include:

  • Balloon Valvuloplasty for Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus Occlusion
  • Transvenous Pacemaker Implantation

Scheduling an Appointment: Streamlined and Hassle-Free

Booking an appointment with our Cardiologists is a straightforward process, emphasizing your convenience and the prompt delivery of specialized care. Appointments can be secured through:

We often have appointments available within two weeks.


Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project