Heart disease usually leads to heart failure so to make it easy to discuss in this web page, we will refer to everything as heart disease but understand that heart failure can be a very definite outcome if the disease is not controlled.
Heart disease is a condition that renders the heart and all it’s associated components sick and unable to function correctly. If this situation is not controlled, then heart failure is sure to follow. The different types of failure may be myocardial,valvular,shunts, and or nervous to name a few.
Heart disease can arise due to many things such as trauma,cancer, parasites, hereditary, other systemic disease or failure, breed, and/or congenital to name a few. The important thing to realize that these conditions can be evaluated and treated if we know about them. The ideal way to do this is to perform certain cardiac tests. The tests we usually recommend unless a specific situation warrants adjustments are, blood chemistrys and CBC, EKG, Chest x-rays, and ultrasound. These tests can be performed in the hospital with quick results. de la Houssaye Animal Hospital also incorporates a board certified cardiologist to help evaluate the results.
Large breed dogs that are prone to these conditions are Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Irish Wolfhounds, Great Danes, Newfoundlands, to name a few. The Boxer and Doberman are well known for this problem and it is referred to as “Boxer Cardiomyopathy or Doberman Cardiomyopathy”.
Just like all other physical problems a pet may develope, if the proper exam and appropriate tests are run, these problems can become very small hurdles to jump. If you feel or suspect that your pet may be a candidate for heart disease or failure or you simply want to rule out the possibility your pet may be susceptible, please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss this with you further.