BluePearl Pet Hospital
Northfield, IL

24/7 Emergency and Specialty
Please call ahead before visiting
By appointment

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.

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Heart failure
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Chronic coughing
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clot disorders
  • Heart murmurs
  • Extra heart sound
  • Abnormal chest x-ray
  • Pleural effusion (fluid in chest)
  • Pericardial effusion (fluid in the sac around the heart)
  • Ascites (fluid in the belly)
  • Elevated pro-BNP level on bloodwork
  • Endocarditis (inflammation or infection of a heart valve)
  • Myocarditis (inflammation or infection of heart muscle)

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 (2D, m-mode and spectral, tissue and color flow Doppler)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG)
  • Holter monitoring (portable ECG)
  • Radiography (x-rays)
  • Agitated saline contrast evaluation for shunt detection
  • Fluoroscopy (real-time x-rays)
  • Angiography
  • Catheter-based hemodynamic studies
  • Doppler blood pressure evaluation
  • Pre-Adriamycin (chemotherapy) cardiac screening
  • Pre-anesthesia cardiac screening
  • Pre-I-131 cardiac screening
  • Abdominocentesis
  • Thoracocentesis
  • Pericardiocentesis

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
  • Permanent pacemaker implantation
  • Temporary transvenous pacemaker implantation
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) occlusion
  • Heartworm extraction
  • Diagnostic angiograms

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.

Ross Feldgreber

DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology

On the job

Dr. Ross Feldgreber enjoys all aspects of cardiology, especially working with pet owners to help them understand their pet’s condition. His particular clinical interests include interventional procedures for congenital heart disease, which is a disease a pet is born with, treating congestive heart failure, and diagnosing and treating arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ
  • Internship, Cardiology, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Northfield, IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Miami, FL
Off duty

Dr. Feldgreber is married and has one daughter. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching and playing sports, exercising, exploring new places, and playing with his sheepadoodle, Harvey.

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.