Dog with heart cushionOne of the most common forms of heart disease in dogs is Mitral Valve Disease (MVD).  This disease can affect all breeds of dog but is more common in small and medium sized dogs.

One of the first signs that there might be a problem is from the detection of a heart murmur during a routine health check.  Take a listen to the audio tracks below – one is of a normal heart beat and one is of a heart murmur.  The difference in sound is caused by the way the blood flows through the heart chambers and because there is a fault with the valve/s, it changes the way the blood flows and subsequently the sound it makes.

 

 

 

Heart Murmur

Normal Heart Beat

You can also download our leaflet HERE  which provides more information on what MVD is and how it can be managed.  If you have any concerns or questions about your dog’s heart health, call and book an appointment today on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.

For information on heart disease in general there is a great website for owners to visit HERE  Just put in the breed of your dog  to access lots of information on heart conditions and disease.