Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

When your fur baby is sick, the world doesn’t seem quite right. Since they cannot talk to us, being able to diagnose them is always a problem.

If you are worried about a more serious problem, like dilated cardiomyopathy, this article can help you understand if it may or may not be a problem for your dog.

What is Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy

dilated cardiomyopathy in dogsDilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heart disease that results in not properly pumping blood throughout the dog’s body, due to the heart being enlarged. Once the heart is unable to pump out adequate amounts of blood, fluids begin to build up in the dog’s lungs, and the heart becomes overloaded.

If left untreated, the result can be congestive heart failure. The cause is mostly unknown, although evidence has suggested some dog breeds may be more susceptible than others.

Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy Symptoms

  • Rapid breathing
  • Coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Excessive breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Protruding abdomen
  • Short-term loss of consciousness

Treatment for Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

The most severe cases may need to be treated with heart surgery, while prescription medication can treat lesser cases.

Many pet insurance plans cover DCM treatment, whether your dog needs ongoing medication or costly surgery.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy Treatment Cost: $10,500 to $20,025 for surgery

The earlier you can enroll your dog, the better, as it reduces the risk of him developing any condition that would be exempt from coverage because it’s pre-existing.

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