Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pulmonic Stenosis in Dogs

What is pulmonic stenosis?

Pulmonic stenosis is a congenital disease that causes partial obstruction of blood flow in the heart. In most cases, the reason is pulmonic valve defects, malformations but also can be located right above or right below the valve. Regardless of the pulmonic stenosis is, the problem will force the dog heart to work harder than usually to pump blood to the lungs. In severe cases, the heart will not be able to handle the increased workload and the dog will experience significant symptoms or even death due to congestive heart failure.

Breeds at risk for pulmonic stenosis

Pulmonic stenosis is a congenital disease and the number of generations are more at risk than others. Note however that this pulmonic stenosis can occur at dog race. Pulmonic stenosis is believed to be a polygenic trait threshold, and dogs suffering from this condition can not be used to breed. Ideally, the parents can not be used to breed more, and their brother can only be used if cleaned by carefully screening.

The English bulldog and Mastiff dog breed is most at risk for two pulmonic stenosis. Other Breeds with an increased risk of this disease is an Airedale terrier, Beagle, Boykin Spaniel, Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Schnauzer Thumbnail, Samoyed, Scottish terrier, West Highland white terrier, and Wire-haired fox terrier.

Pulmonic stenosis symptoms in dogs

In cases of mild pulmonic stenosis dogs usually will not show symptoms at all for a little thickening pulmonary valve just cause significant obstruction. If symptoms develop into serious valve thickening, your dog may begin to show symptoms of blocked blood flow from the right side of the heart. Medium to heavy general symptoms senosis pulmonic on a dog who had fainted, exercise intolerance, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the abdomen. This is a good swelling due to fluid retention or an enlarged liver. Stagnated blood flow will cause heart damage increased as your dog grows older. In some dogs, sudden death will occur.

When your vet check the dog with pulmonic stenosis moderate to heavy it will be able to detect abnormal heart rhythms.

Pulmonic stenosis medication for dogs

In dogs with a cement-to moderate cases of pulmonic stenosis, a veterinarian may simply monitors the dog without further treatment. If clinical signs of growing, number of treatments available. Surgery can help dogs suffering from moderate-to-heavy case of pulmonic stenosis. The exact technique used by the surgeon will depend on where the stenosis is located in your dog. In many countries, your veterinarian can refer you to a veterinary hospital or similar for this type of operation requires a dedicated veterinarian and adequate technical equipment. Procedures will be very dangerous for dogs that have developed atrial fibrillation or congestive heart failure. Dogs must be handled in advance of medicine, surgery can not be done until the dog has been stabilized.

Regardless of the cause behind the drug, pulmonic stenosis is able to support the heart muscle and reduce the amount of work the heart must perform can be useful.

If your dog has been diagnosed with pulmonic stenosis, ask your veterinarian in dept diet recommendations.

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