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Cardiac Conditions

Your dog's heart health is in your hands, will you help?

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most common heart disease in large breed dogs, and this may show no signs in the early stages.There are certain factors that increase the likelihood of your dog having the disease, the main one being breed.

Dobermans in particular are at risk with over 40% of dogs (>4 Years old) showing cardiac disease

In a recent study PROTECT it was shown if medication (Vetmedin) was started before visible external signs occurred then the average lifespan increased by 9 months


Other breeds where there has been shown to be a much higher risk of developing DCM include the following:

Afghan Hound

Bouvier des Flandres

Cocker Spaniel

Dog de Bordeaux

German Shepherd

Great Pyrenees



Saint Bernard

Standard Schnauzer 

Airedale Terrier



English Springer Spaniel

Golden Retrievers

Irish Wolfhound


Old English Sheepdog


and other large breeds including mixed breeds

Bernese Mountain Dog


Doberman Pinscher

Flat-Coated Retriever

Great Dane

Labrador Retriever

Neopolitan Mastiff


Scottish Deerhound


Age also plays a massive part, causing the likelihood of heart disease to dramatically increase with age.

There is some good news though!  There has been a ground-breaking advancement in the way we are able to manage DCM, and we are now able to treat the condition before your dog shows any symptoms.  Allowing your dog to live a longer, healthier life.

For further information please see our video here.