Cardiac Issues in Dogs
Cost of Treatment: $1,100 to $20,000
Which Cardiac Issues are Dogs Prone to?
- valve malformations known as dysplasia
- valve narrowing known as stenosis
- septal defects, which are abnormal openings between the dog’s heart chambers
- patent ductus arteriosus, where one of the heart vessels does not close properly
- a congenital condition that involves a combination of four heart defects known as tetralogy of fallot.
ALERT: Many dogs born with severe heart defects may not live beyond one year of age.
Treatments can range from long-term medication to open-heart surgery, depending on the specific cardiac disorder and the severity of that disorder.
Resources for Cardiac Issues
- PetMD’s Top Ten Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs
- Veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines discusses heart failure in dogs
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