Heart failure is a leading cause of death among Miniature Pinschers in their golden years. Most heart disease in dogs is caused by weakening of a valve. A heart valve slowly becomes deformed so that it no longer closes tightly. Blood then leaks back around this valve and strains the heart. Pets with heart valve disease (sometimes called mitral valve disease) have a heart murmur. If your dog has a heart murmur or outward signs suggesting heart problems, we’ll perform testing to determine the severity of the disease. The same tests will need to be repeated at least every year to monitor the condition. If heart valve disease is diagnosed early, we may be able to prescribe medications that could prolong his life for many years. Veterinary dental care and fatty acid supplementation can help prevent heart disease and weight control can help diminish symptoms.
Imbalance can cause illness. For example, Mitzi is a red Chow Chow who grew up in Portland, Maine. She enjoyed cold winters, lots of snow, fresh fish from the boat, and very few trips to the veterinarian. She felt well and expressed her health with exuberance and joy for life. She told everyone about her games and invited everyone to join in whether they wished it or not (Chow in your lap!) When Mitzi’s mom experience a job transfer to Florida, everyone was excited about boating in warmer waters, diving in the Florida Keys and gently swaying palm tree sunset breezes. One week Mitzi broke out with a painful, frantically itchy red oozing crusted sore on the right side of her hip. What happened?
Cancer and Endocrine Disease Cancer and Endocrine disease Sometimes referred to as “The Emperor of All Maladies,” cancer is something that almost all of us in modern society have had touch their lives in some way. The medical term for cancer is “neoplasia.” Neo, meaning “new” and plasia, meaning “growth.” Cancer is simply cell transcription gone awry. It can arise in any tissue type. This would be considered the “primary” or first cancer. When (or if) the disease spreads to other parts of the body, is how we classify the aggressiveness of the disease.