Congenital Heart Defect in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $3,100 to $21,025

What it is: Dogs can suffer from different types of congenital heart defects, which are heart abnormalities a dog is born with. Some of the defects can and must be fixed, while some cannot be fixed and may not exhibit any symptoms other than a heart murmur throughout the dog’s life. The four most common congenital heart defects are:

Aortic Stenosis
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Pulmonic Stenosis
Ventricular Septal Defect

General Symptoms of Heart Problem

  • Weakness
  • Decreased ability to exercise
  • Rapid or irregular breathing
  • Bluish color of gums
  • Coughing
  • Lack of appetite, weight loss
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Fainting episodes

Treatment:Treatment ranges from regular checkups and monitoring to heart surgery, depending on the type and severity of the defect. Many pet insurance plans cover the cost of surgery and other treatment related to congenital heart defects, as long as you ensure the policy includes congenital conditions and your dog has no symptoms prior to enrollment.

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