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Baring Boulevard Veterinary Hospital
(775) 636-7855
700 Baring Blvd.
Sparks, NV
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Connelly, Cathy, Dvm - Community Animal Hospital
(775) 746-0333
4871 Summit Ridge Dr
Reno, NV

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Champagne, Ellen D, Dvm - Kings Row Pet Hospital
(775) 747-1211
3653 Kings Row
Reno, NV

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Klaich Animal Hospital
(775) 826-1212
1990 S Virginia St
Reno, NV

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Pyramid Veterinary Hospital
(775) 356-8323
2405 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV

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Alexander Werner
(775) 827-3033
855 East Peckham Lane
Reno, NV
 
Kings Row Pet Hospital
(775) 747-1211
3653 Kings Row
Reno, NV

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Vet To Pet
(775) 338-8500
PO Box 5583
Reno, NV

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Cocanour, Robert A, Dvm - Klaich Animal Hospital Ltd
(775) 826-1212
1990 S Virginia St
Reno, NV

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Kreature Komforts Animal Hospital
(775) 356-5524
2205 Glendale Ave Ste 117
Sparks, NV

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Dog Heart Disease: A MyPetED Vet on Dog Heart Attack, Murmur, Failure

By Ernest Ward, DVM

What is dog congestive heart failure (CHF) or heart disease?MyPetED Image: Dog heart problems are often caused by DCM.

  • This term describes the heart failure that occurs when the heart cannot pump adequate blood to the body.
  • CHF is caused by a number of conditions, but the two most common causes Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Mitral valve insufficiency (MVI).
  • See below for a description of each cause.

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

  • It’s a condition where the heart muscle, especially the thick muscle wall of the left ventricle, degenerates and becomes thinner.
  • As this happens, the blood inside the heart develops pressure that causes these thin walls to stretch, resulting in a much larger heart.
  • An affected dog suddenly exhibit congestive heart failure symptoms even if the condition has been developing slowly.
  • Symptoms include rapid, heavy breathing, a blue tongue, excessive drooling or collapse.

How common is this “dog enlarged heart” problem?

  • In certain large dog breeds, including Boxers, Dobermans, and Great Danes, and occasionally German Shepherd dogs, DCM is the most common cause of heart failure.
  • Medium breeds can also be affected, including Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels.
  • DCM is very uncommon in small breeds.

How does my vet diagnose DCM?MyPetED Image: Your vet may run several tests to diagnose dog heart disease

To make an accurate diagnosis and treat the problem with success, your veterinarian will start with a physical exam and then may run any or all of the following tests to assess different aspects of heart function:

  • Auscultation - using a stethoscope to identify murmurs due to the improper closure of heart valves, assess heart rhythm and evaluate the lungs. If your veterinarian is concerned, he or she may also feel the dog’s pulse to determine its strength and rhythm.
  • Blood and urine tests - assessing liver and kidney function because heart disease often impairs these organs.
  • Chest X-rays - examining the lungs and measuring the heart’s size and shape of the heart. (DCM often enlarges of the heart).
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) – assessing the heart’s electrical activity to accurately measure heart rate and find abnormal rhythms.
  • Ultrasound examination (echocardiogram – measuring each heart chamber's size, wall thickness, and heart contractions to evaluate the heart's pumping efficiency.

How does my vet treat a dog with an enlarged heart?

Your veterinarian can select several effective types of drugs designed to stabilize and treat DCM symptoms:

  • Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (enalapril and benezepril) lower blood pressure and reduce resistance to blood flowing out of the heart. They also dilate the body’s arteries or veins so the heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump blood. They are the only drugs proven to extend life expectancy in both people and dogs.
  • Diuretics (furosemide and spironolactone) stimulate the kidneys to remove excess fluid from the body.
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