What is a board certified veterinary cardiologist?
A cardiologist is a board-certified veterinary cardiology specialist who has undergone additional training (a one-year internship followed by a three-year residency) in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in animals.
Preparing for Your Appointment
  • Before making an appointment with our specialists, you must request a referral from your pet’s primary veterinarian. He or she may call us or send a brief note

NOTE: ***A referral is not necessary if seeing our emergency service***

  • Please ask your primary doctor to fax/email your pet’s records prior to the appointment and/or bring a copy of all pertinent information [e.g. records, radiographs, blood test results, etc].
What to Expect During Your Appointment
  • The cardiology veterinary assistant will first greet you, collect vitals on your pet and ask some routine health questions.
  • The cardiologist will then perform a detailed physical examination, listen to your concerns, ask additional pertinent questions and discuss the next steps.
  • We pride ourselves in timely communication with your pet’s primary doctor and will call them the same day with an update and send paperwork within 24 hours.
  • If diagnostics are sent to outside laboratories, we will call you with results as soon as they have been made available and interpreted by the clinician.
  • We will always have your pet best interest at heart and may refer you to another hospital if a particular diagnostic modality or treatment option is recommended but currently not offered at Skyline Veterinary Specialists & Emergency (for example, some forms of advanced imaging such as computed tomography or MRI).

How to reach us during regular business hours, after-hours and on weekends:

  • You can reach our ER anytime throughout the week by calling our main line at 704-672-5590 or send an email to the cardiology service.
  • Weekends: We currently do not offer weekend hours. Please direct your calls to your primary doctor or to one of the hospitals that we recommend for after-hours care:
    • Carolina Veterinary Specialists (CVS) in Matthews: 704-815-3939
    • Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency (CARE): 704-457-2300

Some conditions we commonly see:

  • Chronic degenerative valve disease (mitral valve regurgitation)
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms such as VPCs, atrial fibrillation, complete heart block)
  • Congenital heart disease (when a patient is born with a heart defect)
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (often referred to as “Boxer dog cardiomyopathy”)
  • Thyrotoxic heart disease
  • High blood pressure (systemic hypertension)
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Outpatient procedures that we provide depending on patient’s condition:

  • Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart and lungs)
  • Electrocardiography (evaluation of the cardiac rhythm)- often referred to as an “EKG”
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Chest x-rays
  • Transthoracic pacing
  • In the future: surgery (interventional radiology) for congenital heart disease and pacemaker therapy

Treatment options and procedures currently referred to other hospitals:

  • CT/contrast or MRI
  • Other specialty services such as oncology

For Pet Families

Our team has put together helpful resources and information specifically for pet families. Click here to learn more.

For Veterinarians

To learn more about referrals to our specialty veterinary hospital, click here. We look forward to working with you!

Compassionate veterinary care for the pets of Matthews, NC and beyond.

The Skyline Veterinary Specialists & Emergency team is here for you and your pets throughout every stage of their lives. From specialized to emergency, we’ll be here for you when you need us most.

Contact Info

Phone: 704-672-5590
Fax: 704-565-4215


Mon: 8 am - 12 am
Tue: Open 24 hours
Wed: Open 24 hours
Thu: Open 24 hours
Fri: Open until Midnight
Sat - Sun: Closed


Mon: 8 am -12 am
Tue: Open 24 hours
Wed: Open 24 hours
Thu: Open 24 hours
Fri: Open until Midnight
Sat - Sun: Closed


2440 Plantation Center Dr.
Matthews, NC 28105

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