February is Heart Disease Month

Heart disease affects up to 10% of all dogs

Dogs over the age of 6 years are at greatest risk and may show no clinical signs until the disease is in the advanced stages. Did you know that like humans, dogs too are at risk of developing heart disease when they get to their senior years? 

Heart disease can develop in all breeds of dogs, but certain dog breeds are at a greater risk. Known “at-risk” breeds include Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds, Poodles, Schnauzers, Chihuahuas, Fox Terriers and Jack Russell Terriers.

The good news is there is a newly published study that shows early treatment may significantly delay the onset of clinical signs of heart disease in dogs with early mitral valve disease, the most common form of heart disease in dogs. In this study the early treatment was associated with a median 15 month delay in the onset of clinical signs of heart failure or cardiac related death. This benefit equates to around 10% of a dogs expected life span. Early diagnosis and treatment means dogs can have a better quality of life and live longer without the debilitating signs of heart failure.

With a few tests, we can make an accurate diagnosis and determine the best treatment for your pet if required.

Throughout February, we are offering Echocardiogram - or a heart scan - at the discounted price of $290. Our suppliers have also come on board with some great offers for medications, if necessary. Get in touch to find out more. 

Dr. Asha Duggan

Asha graduated from Murdoch University in 2013, and has worked throughout Australia and the UK. After a stint in the crucible of Australia’s NorthWest, she has the rest of us furiously thumbing through textbooks trying to keep up. Asha enjoys all aspects of general veterinary practice with a particular interest in internal... Read more

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