Veterinary Specialties & Services

At our BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital in Northfield, IL, our skilled, compassionate and dedicated professionals focus exclusively on emergency treatment for pets and advanced specialty veterinary care. (For annual vaccines and wellness care, please see your primary care veterinarian.)


Veterinary Cardiology in Northfield, IL

Our veterinary cardiology team diagnoses and treats diseases and conditions of the heart and lungs. We use advanced imaging tools and techniques to identify your pet’s specific condition and develop a treatment plan. Cardiology patients have a variety of treatment options, including minimally invasive procedures.

Your pet’s primary veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary cardiologist for:

  • 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

Spotlight on veterinary cardiology: Learn about the advanced medicine and diagnostic tools we use to treat a variety of pet heart conditions, from arrhythmia to congestive heart failure.

Critical Care

Critical care patients come to our hospital due to trauma, the development of an acute life-threatening illness or immediately following major surgery. Our critical care service carefully evaluates each patient and creates a custom monitoring plan by measuring variables such as pulse, heart rate, blood pressure and more.

We are prepared to treat many different types of trauma, including:

  • Sepsis
  • Respiratory distress
  • Blood transfusions


Veterinary Dermatology in Northfield, IL

Our veterinary dermatology service covers a range of skin, hair, nail and ear problems in pets from skin allergies in dogs and cats, to chronic ear infections, and other common or advanced skin conditions in pets. A veterinary dermatologist can help pets with a wide variety of dermatological issues, such as:

  • Allergies (such as atopic dermatitis)
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Canine viral papillomas (wart-like growths)
  • Chronic and recurring ear infections
  • Ear polyps
  • Hormonal changes to the skin
  • Skin growths, tumors and ear polyps (removal with CO2 laser) CO
  • Parasites, fleas and mites
  • Ringworm
  • Skin infections
  • Toenail diseases

Spotlight on veterinary dermatology: Learn about the unique, innovative dermatology treatments for pets with allergies and other skin conditions offered at our Northfield hospital and meet Dr. Levinson, veterinary dermatologist.

Diagnostic Imaging

Our radiology service performs many non-invasive and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures such as:

  • Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scans

These services allow the specialty clinicians unique, non-invasive opportunities for evaluating various diseases.

Internal Medicine

Our board-certified internists and their teams have extensive experience dealing with complex and challenging cases involving the endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary and hematologic systems. Typically, pets are referred to our internal medicine services with problems that are hard to define and involve multiple body systems.

GI disease, respiratory diseases, complicated endocrine diseases as well as diseases of the liver, kidneys and lower urinary tract are among the most prevalent cases seen by our internists. Learn more:

  • Endoscopy
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Endocrine disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Immune mediated disease
  • Liver disease
  • Esophageal, stomach and intestinal disease
  • Urinary disease
  • Respiratory disease


Our compassionate oncology team offers a variety of treatment options for pets with cancer. From initial diagnosis to ongoing care, we are focused on promoting your pet’s quality of life.

We take an integrative approach to treating cancer that includes:

  • Taking time to listen to and answer all questions and concerns about cancer treatment
  • Creating a treatment plan tailored to each patient and client’s individual needs
  • Working within client’s schedules for therapy delivery
  • Maintaining regular updates with referring family veterinarians

By helping every pet owner understand their pet’s disease and by providing appropriate educational tools, we all work together to improve and extend each pet’s quality of life.

Radioiodine I-131 Treatment

If your cat is experiencing symptoms including changes in behavior, changes in eating habits, weight loss, fever, rapid heartbeat, changes in litter box habits, shedding and diarrhea, they may have a condition called hyperthyroidism.

Similar to humans, cats have a thyroid gland that regulates their metabolism. If the gland develops a tumor (almost all are non-cancerous), hyperthyroidism can occur. Untreated, this condition can be fatal. Our BluePearl veterinary specialists can diagnose this condition and treat your cat, often with a single injection.


Our board-certified surgeons are skilled in all aspects of surgery, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy)
  • Orthopedic surgery and joint disease
  • Trauma and wound management
  • Thoracic, gastrointestinal, oncologic, neurologic and reconstructive surgery

Compassionate Treatment

Our team respects the close bond between pet owners and their pets and treats each with dignity, compassion and kindness.