Canine cardiac health

Your canine patients could be at risk for heart disease.

Approximately 10% of all dogs have heart disease.1 Most important, the incidence of heart disease increases dramatically with age--to more than 60% in older dogs2--particularly in the case of dogs with valvular heart disease.1

You can make a difference by enhancing your protocol for the diagnosis and management of canine heart disease. Consider heart disease in dogs with a murmur and/or clinical signs. Early diagnosis will help you make treatment recommendations to significantly improve and prolong the lives of your canine patients.


1. Atkins C. Bonagura J, Ettinger S, et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of canine chronic valvular heart disease. J Vet Intern Med. 2009, 23(6):1142-1150.
2. Rush JE. Chronic valvular heart disease in dogs. Proceedings from: 26th Annual Waltham Diets/OSU Symposium for the Treatment of Small Animal Cardiology, October 19-20, 2002.