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.
Remember that you have made an incredible journey by choosing open-heart surgery for your beloved dog, so please take care of the repaired valve as best as you can so that you can enjoy a lifetime with it!
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.
One of the most frequent questions asked when considering a surgery as risky as cardio-pulmonary bypass, is what are the chances my dog will survive the surgery and what is the long term prognosis post-surgery. The answer is always "it depends". Each dog is different, and each circumstance is unique. Below are some guidelines to help you determine the best course of action for your dog based on aggregate data. For more specific recommendations regarding surgery for your dog, please contact Clinique Veterinary Bozon or JASMINE Veterinary Medical Center directly. Additional mitral valve repair statistics may be found in an abstract published by Dr. Masami Uechi from October 2016.