Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mitral Valve Disease

During our vet visit with Oskar, the vet advised that Oskar's "heart" murmur was a bit more pronounced. This condition is called mitral valve disease. 80% of heart disease seen in dogs is mitral valve disease & is found to be more common in small dogs. Early signs of a leaking valve is usually a heart murmur. Blood goes backward through the leaking valve into the left atrium. Thankfully, a heart murmur does not mean heart failure is imminent, but as time goes on, the leak becomes more severe. The earliest sign of heart failure is hacking cough, lack of stamina, and/or gagging. A leaky heart valve can be replaced in humans, but usually not feasible in dogs. There are drugs that will improve heart function. Thankfully, we are to monitor Osk & see if he begins to show pronounced symptoms. Until then, no treatment is required at this time.

4 comments:

Two French Bulldogs said...

All our feets are crossed for Oskar
Benny & Lily

Lovable Lily said...

Oskar my furend, what's up with that? We're sorry to hear the news. We knows you got a BIG heart with lots of love to give, so you keep on using it wisely. We'll be keeping you in our prayers.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Lorenza said...

I did not know about that.
I hope everything is going to be ok.
Paws crossed here for Oskar!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Molly The Wally said...

We hope Oskar is OK and our paws are crossed. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly