VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital


At VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital our general practice and emergency doctors are able to diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular disorders, including heart murmurs, valvular diseases, congestive heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, congenital heart disorders, fluid around the heart (pericardial effusion), and high blood pressure.

Evaluation of the cardiovascular system begins with a thorough physical examination, including chest auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) for heart murmurs, abnormal rhythms, and abnormal lung sounds; visual inspection and palpation of the pulses; and evaluation of mucous membrane color (usually assessed on the gums) and capillary refill time. If there are abnormal findings on examination, additional testing available at VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital includes digital radiography (x-rays) of the heart and lungs, blood pressure measurement, electrocardiograms (ECG), and thoracic ultrasound examination.
Because we offer 24 hour care at VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital, we are equipped to treat, stablilize, and monitor life-threatening cardiovascular emergencies including congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and pericardial effusion.

Based on initial findings, referral to a board certified veterinary cardiologist for a complete echocardiogram (detailed ultrasound evaluation of the heart function and measurements) may be recommended. At VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital we have regular visits by a board-certified veterinary cardiologist to provide this evaluation on-site to stable patients with cardiovascular illnesses.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital. 

VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital provides 24 hour care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Emergency veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day. 

We provide the highest standard in veterinary  emergency and critical care services.  We have on-site oxygen support, canine and feline blood products for transfusion, and critical care monitoring equipment such as ECG, pulse oximetry, and blood pressure.  Our critical care diagnostic equipment includes a full in-house laboratory, with coagulation profiles and blood gas analysis; a point-of-care ultrasound unit; and digital radiography with stat interpretations by board-certified radiologists.  We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures.  We provide the highest standards of pain management.  Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostic ultrasound and endoscopy, are available. 

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.