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February is Healthy Heart Month

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We’d like to invite you to one of our special Healthy Heart Clinics which are running throughout February.

If you’ve ever been told that your dog has a heart murmur then they will undoubtedly benefit from visiting our Heart Clinic.

Also, if you own a breed which has an increased risk of developing a heart condition, they will benefit too!

Breeds most at risk include:

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Shih Tzu
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Chihuahua
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Doberman
  • Fox Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Irish Wolf Hound
  • Great Dane

Our Healthy Heart Clinics are taking place at our Ashbourne and Wirksworth surgeries at the discounted price of £75.00 until 28th February.

During the clinics we will be using Ultrasound technology to visualise your dog’s heart which is a procedure we’re able to do consciously.

Book your appointment today at one of our clinics below:

Ashbourne on Wednesdays & Thursdays with Harriet Potter

Wirksworth on Tuesdays with John Thompson

 

Why is having a heart scan important?

The most common reason for a heart murmur in small to medium sized dogs is due to degeneration of one of the heart valves called the ‘mitral valve’. This is often first noticed when your dog’s heart is listened to with a stethoscope during their annual vaccinations and health check with the vet. Historically, if your dog was well in themselves we would then advise you to monitor the murmur by listening again in 3 to 6 months’ time.

However, now we have evidence to show that even in these dogs there can already be changes in the heart that can only be identified by an ultrasound scan. The scan can be done consciously in a quiet room and is a non-invasive technique. If alterations in the heart are detected at this early stage then changes can be put in place that can delay the onset of heart failure by approximately 15 months and reduce the chance of heart failure happening by one third.

Large breed dogs are more likely to develop a condition that causes the heart to enlarge called ‘dilated cardio myopathy’ or DCM. With these pets a murmur is not always heard when listening with a stethoscope, but changes can be seen on an ultrasound scan. This again can lead us to start preventative measures to help keep your pet healthy for longer.

Both of these conditions can lead to heart failure, but if changes in the heart are detected early and treated then you may considerably extend the life of your pet.

Author: Shane Lees