Cardiology for Pets

Your pet’s heart is what keeps everything flowing smoothly. Our job, as board certified veterinarians, is to find any abnormalities that may prevent their heart from functioning. Your pet could have genetic conditions that make them susceptible to certain heart diseases. Later in life, they may also acquire infections that lead to heart damage. This is why annual veterinary exams are very important. Through blood tests and non-invasive examinations, like X-rays and ultrasounds, we can detect the early signs of cardiological issues. To learn more about our cardiology services, book an appointment by calling 250.591.4050.

What else can we learn about our pet through cardiology?

Cardiology specializes in everything within your pet’s cardiovascular system. This means we can detect issues in your pet’s heart and blood vessels. Cardiology monitors the circulation of blood in your pet’s body, which allows us to track conditions in their lungs and chest cavity.

What kind of medical conditions do you look for?

To get a good look inside your pet we use different types of diagnostic tools. We search for fluid in your pet’s lungs through X-rays. If we want a clear image of the inside of their heart or fluid in their chest, we use a cardiac ultrasound. This can see inside the heart and let us know if there are any malfunctions, such as the valves not opening well or too much thickness. We check for irregular heart rates (arrhythmia) and loud heart beats (heart murmurs) using ECGs (electrocardiograms) and by listening with a stethoscope (auscultating), respectively. We can also determine if your pet has heartworms through blood tests.

How do I know if my pet is having heart problems?

It’s hard to tell if your pet has a heart problem. In many cases, symptoms aren’t obvious until the condition becomes severe. Possible signs are if your pet is experiencing difficulty sleeping/ breathing, rapid weight loss or dry coughs. Share your concerns when you call us and book an appointment at 250.591.4050.

Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Chase River Veterinary Hospital