A veterinary cardiologist is a specialist that has advanced training in the heart and circulatory system.  While some cardiac conditions require hospitalization, most conditions can be managed on an outpatient basis by a veterinary cardiologist along with your primary care veterinarian.  Veterinary cardiologists focus on diagnosing and treating disease of the heart and lungs, which include:

  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Heart muscle disease (Dilated cardiomyopathy or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)
  • Age related changes to the valves of the heart (Degenerative mitral valve disease)
  • Coughing and other breathing problems
  • Congenital (present at birth) heart defects
  • Cardiac arrhythmias (problems with the rate and/or rhythm of your animal’s heart)
  • Diseases of the pericardium (sac surrounding the heart)
  • Cardiac tumors
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)


“My dog and I were treated by Dr. Bolfer and staff with so much love, care and respect. He found the problem and quickly started the treatment. Our return visit was the same with very good progress. My baby is doing much better now. We are on our way to recovery. Thank you Dr. Bolfer and staff.”

-Rowena L.

I am very thankful that I came to AVS. My dog has a rare heart condition which my general Vet was unable to treat. Dr. Bolfer was absolutely amazing in providing help and care for my furry friend, and he also generously gave his time to explain everything to me (even used a model of the heart) to make sure I understood how to provide proper care at home. Now we are managing the heart condition and Dr. Bolfer definitely restored the quality of life back to my dog — truly saved her life! I highly recommend Dr. Bolfer and the cardiology team at AVS.

-Alex K.

Dr Bolfer and staff make you feel comfortable the moment you walk in. He takes the time during consult to explain everything and answer any and every question we had. He literally saved my dogs life. Thanks!

-John T.