Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs
Cost of Treatment: $10,500 to $20,025 for surgery
What it is: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heart disease that results in an enlarged heart that cannot properly pump blood throughout the dog’s body. 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 end result can be congestive heart failure. The cause is largely unknown, although evidence has suggested some breeds may be more susceptible than others.
- Rapid breathing
- Excessive breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Protruding abdomen
- Short-term loss of consciousness
Treatment: Heart surgery may be required in the most severe cases, while less advanced cases of the disease can be treated with prescription medications. Many pet insurance plans cover DCM treatment, whether your dog needs ongoing medication or costly 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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