Aortic Stenosis in Dogs
What is Aortic Stenosis?
Aortic stenosis is a congenital disease characterized by ventricular outflow tract obstruction on the left side of the heart. Also referred to as subvalvular aortic stenosis. There are three types of aortic stenosis:
- Valvular (present at the valve)
- Subvalvular (present below the valve)
- Supravalvular (present above the valve)
Breeds Commonly Affected
Aortic stenosis is a congenital disease and it is especially common in Newfoundland dogs. Here is a list of some potential breeds who might suffer from congenital aortic stenosis.
- Golden Retriever
- English Bulldog
- Pitbull Terrier
- German Shepherd
- German Shorthaired Pointer
Depending on the severity of the case surgery and cardiac catheterization may be necessary. Some veterinary hospitals around the country are beginning to offer the cutting balloon valvuloplasty. In milder cases beta-blockers and other medications may be used to manage the symptoms.
In any event, heart conditions can be extremely expensive to treat if your dog needs prolonged care or surgery.
Cost to Treat: The cost may range from $3,000 to $6,000 for surgery, follow-up care could make the cost even higher.
Other Potential Heart conditions in Dogs
- Boxer Cardiomyopathy
- Cardiac Issues
- Degenerative Valve Disease
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- Heart Disease
- Heart Murmur
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
- Pulmonic Stenosis
- Sick Sinus Syndrome