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.

References:

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.