The Heart, Vessels And Blood
Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
Birth defect of the heart.
AKC Gazette, 3/1994, page 32, "Surgery and Subaortic Stenosis."
A hereditary disease of the heart muscle in which
inflammation and scarring cause enlargement of the heart
and dilation of the chambers. Eventually the muscle weakens and the
dog develops congestive heart failure.
The good news is that there is now effective treatment: L-carnitine,
an amino acid available at health food stores, plus Lasix, a
Without treatment dogs typically die within four months.
Early identification of incipient cases is supposed to be possible
by measuring the L-carnitine level in the urine.
The difficulty is finding a lab that can do this.
Cardiomyopathy in Dogs
Clinical Cardiology Concepts
Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs
AKC Gazette, 5/1995, page 32, "New Surgery for Heart Disease."
Cornell Animal Newsletter, 11/1995, page 2, "The Dog that Survives Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy."
AKC Gazette, 4/1997, page 58, "Surviving Heart Disease: The Taurine/Canitine Factor."
Serious murmurs are caused by heart valve disease of birth defects. Not all murmurs
Narrowing of the pulmonic valve.
Aortic Stenosis by Dr. Catherine A. Priddle, DVM
SAS - What it is, and Why Breeder Should be Concernedby Dr. Denise Mankin, DVM
SAS (Sub-Aortic Stenosis) by Dr. Susan Reis, DVM
Sub-Aortic Stenosis by Dr. David J. Sheckler, DVM
ARC BRIEFS FOR BREEDERS: SAS (Sub-Aortic Stenosis) In Rottweilers
Veterinary Heart Institute
Cardiac Diseases of Cats and Dogs
Information on OFA Congenital Heart Disease Registry
AKC Gazette, 9/1993, page 68, Heart Abnormalities.
AKC Gazette, 12/1993, page 34, Noninvasive Diagnosis For Heart Defects.
Canine News, 12/1993, page 1, Congestive Heart Failure.
AKC Gazette, 9/1994, page 30, "New Cardiac Drug Approved by FDA."
Canine News, 2/1995, page 1, "Heart failure in the dog - in simple terms."