Virginia Tech and Auburn University are enrolling dogs in studies to further research in the area of Mitral Valve Disease. If you are opting not to have surgery to correct the mitral valve defect, these could be options for your dog and would help further research in this very important area for our community!
Today is a special day for me and my family. One year ago today we received a devastating news as our friend had mitral valve disease (MVD) at a very advanced stage (5/6 murmur, dilated atrium and ruptured chords). How it could be possible? He went from nothing to probably one year left. Our cardiologist was, as I was, aware of the surgery. When I asked about it she did not agree and finally added 'It depends on the size of your pocket'. This was the last time we went to see her.
Zoey’s one year checkup was done October 28th 2017. Zoey’s cardiologist (Dr. Hodge) was a bit worried Zoey’s left ventricle and left atrium (LV/LA) numbers were increasing after each checkup. According to Dr. Hodge, Zoey’s pressure and her regurgitation were shown to be the same since having her surgery a year ago. Naturally We were concerned about the increasing values and sent the records off to Dr. Sabine and Dr. Uechi to review them.
Following several mitral valve repair surgeries for members of the Mighty Hearts MVD Community, we were able to have a few questions and answers from Dr. Dan Brockman, the head surgeon at Royal Veterinary College, to help inform our community about the services provided in the UK for not only those living in the UK and EU, but globally.
Fred, an 11 month old purebred Standard Schnauzer, has large Atrial Septal Defect (sinus venosus), not amendable to trans catheteral closure with Amplatzer device. Fred already developed moderate pulmonic stenosis and right side heart hypertrophy. Without an open heart surgery to patch the defect he will develop congestive heart failure (CHF).
The biggest unexpected surprise for our family came in July of 2016, when we took Levi in for a routine physical exam prior to having his teeth cleaned. Dogs have to go under anesthesia to have their teeth cleaned, and Levi has traditionally had some issues related to anesthesia and we wanted to be safe. His last checkup was in April 2016; he went in for an ear infection and at that time, he was in perfect health (except for the ear infection, of course). So it came as quite a shock when the vet announced that he heard a heart murmur level 4/5 for the first time in Levi's life...
The Longitudinal Outcome of Canine Mitral Valve Disease (LOOK-mitral) - by Dr. Michele Borgarelli, DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA
This is a study being performed with the collaboration of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where Dr. Borgarelli does his research, and one of the largest veterinary cardiology practices in the United States, CVCA. The purpose of the study is to assess the natural history of mitral valve disease (MVD) in a large referred population of dogs, assess the prevalence and effects of co-morbidities on the natural history of the disease, and to identify risk factors for progression and death.
If you are traveling to France for surgery with your dog, you will either have to make the trip to the USDA's office for your pet's USDA travel certificate or send the documents via courier. This post includes examples to assist you in this process.
This is our big story of one small cute girl and the big love between us forever.
We have had Bellissima (Belisa) from the very first day she was born because we also were parents to her mummy. She has three siblings which were all given to our friends so that they would be in good hands. We also had new parents for Belisa, but we felt that we belonged to each other so we kept her.