Skyline Veterinary Specialists & Emergency
Matthews, NC

24/7 Emergency and Specialty

Pet cardiology by BluePearl.

Treating the heart of the matter – to help your pet live a longer and better life.

We understand that seeing your pet experience unusual symptoms or act out of the ordinary can be stressful – especially if you don’t know what’s wrong. Fortunately, our veterinary cardiology team is made up of experts in diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart and lungs, and we’re here to help.

Our commitment is not just to treat illnesses; it’s to enhance the well-being of your pet and be with you every step of the way.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Conditions we treat.

A BluePearl anesthesiology and pain management vet prepares to fix an anesthetic facemask on a yellow lab while a vet tech helps hold the dog on the exam table.

If your pet has a cardiovascular condition, you’ll have an entire cardiology team helping to improve your pet’s quality of life so you can get back to what matters most – spending precious moments together.

  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Heart failure 
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Chronic coughing
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clot disorders

Services we offer.

Your pet will receive unparalleled medical care during their time at the hospital (and they’ll be spoiled with love and attention, too).

Advanced diagnostics

Your pet can’t tell us what’s wrong, so we use sophisticated diagnostics and imaging tools to uncover the source of the problem.

  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Holter monitoring (portable ECG)
  • Radiography (x-rays)

Treatment plans

Just as no two patients are the same, neither are their treatment plans. Our cardiology team has experience with a range of advanced procedures and minimally invasive care options to get your pet on the path to wellness, including:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Pacemaker implantation

Our board certified specialists and cardiology team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our cardiology team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Andrea Ericksson

DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology

On the job

Dr. Andrea Eriksson’s clinical interests include early detection of heart disease in dogs and cats; the treatment of end-stage congestive heart failure; and novel therapies and surgical options for chronic degenerative valve disease.

Her research interests and background include investigation of the renin-angiotensin aldosterone system and how it relates to congestive heart failure in dogs; thyrotoxic heart disease and advanced cardiac imaging.

An important aspect of Dr. Eriksson’s practice is client communication and education as well as outreach and continuing education for primary care veterinarians. As a passionate advocate for her patients and their families, her goal is to provide a comprehensive triad of cardiovascular care that encompasses the pet family, the primary care veterinarian and herself.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh-Durham
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Off duty

Dr. Eriksson was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon where she learned to love hiking, camping, tide-pooling and braving the rain. During her personal time, she loves being with her husband and daughter. Together as a family, they enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, singing and playing music, and enjoying this beautiful life.

Erin McCarragher

DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology

On the job

Dr. Erin McCarragher enjoys all aspects of cardiology with a particular interest in the chronic management of congestive heart failure and helping to maintain the best possible quality of life in dogs and cats with heart disease. She is passionate about client education and takes pride in building trusting relationships with both pets and their owners.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Internship, Cardiology, VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center, Santa Monica, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, CO
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Central Florida, Orlando
Off duty

Dr. McCarragher grew up in Tampa, Florida. She enjoys travelling, especially when it involves visiting wineries or hiking, attending shows and hockey games, and trying new restaurants. More than anything else, she loves spending time with family, friends and her two handsome orange cats, Kimba and Loki.

What to expect.

We want you to be prepared for your pet’s visit to the cardiologist, so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • Make an initial appointment by calling us directly or via referral from your pet’s primary vet. 
  • We’ll get records from your primary or emergency vet before your first visit and collaborate with them to discuss your pet’s history and current condition.

During your visit

  • When possible, we’ll examine your pet with you by their side to make them more comfortable. If additional tests are needed for a diagnosis, we’ll discuss those options with you.
  • You’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions as we go over your pet’s diagnosis together.
  • Before you leave, you’ll receive a detailed treatment plan, discharge instructions and any recommended medications. We’ll schedule a recheck appointment and make sure you’re aware of any symptoms you should watch out for at home.

After your visit

  • Our team will continue to partner with your primary veterinarian as part of the ongoing management of your pet’s care.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in their treatment plan. If you have any concerns about providing care at home (such as giving medication, maintaining a specific diet or monitoring your pet’s symptoms), let us know – we’re here for you.