Hereditary Heart Disease

Many breeds of dogs have been found to have hereditary forms of heart disease. In some cases the disorders are life threatening. Responsible breeders are doing their best to reduce and if possible eliminate these problems from their breeds. This can best be accomplished by having all breeding stock examined by a Board Certified Canine Cardiologist.

Please note that there are many causes of murmurs in dogs, including heartworm. Some can be found to be "innocent" and will cause the dog no difficulty as it ages.

For the most complete site we have found on canine cardiology please go to the following site.

Veterinary Cardiology Web Site - Ontario Veterinary College

Also check out these sites.

Orthopedic Foundation For Animals - Heart Registry

Veterinary Heart Institute

Links to Cardiovascular sites

Color Atlas of Canine Cardiology

SAS and Why Breeders Should Be Concerned

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