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Heart Diseases in Dogs


Dog being prepped for heart tests

 

Overview

 

The most common heart disease in dogs are valve malformations (called dysplasias), valve narrowing (stenosis), abnormal openings between the heart chambers (septal defects), patent ductus arteriosus and Tetralogy of Fallot. Most dogs with severe congenital heart defects die within the first year of life.

 

Top 14 Heart Conditions in Dogs

 
  1. Aortic Stenosis
  2. Boxer Cardiomyopathy
  3. Cardiac Issues
  4. Congenital Heart Defect
  5. Degenerative Valve Disease
  6. Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  7. Congenital Heart Defect
  8. Ductus Arteriosus
  9. Heart Cancer
  10. Heart Murmur
  11. Mitral Valve Disease
  12. Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  13. Pulmonic Stenosis
  14. Sick Sinus Syndrome

 

Treatment

 

Depending on the specific disease type and severity of the condition treatment can range from exercise and diet to medication to surgery.

Cost: $5,000 to $20,000

 

Incidence Rates by Breed

 

Each dog breed has a unique predisposition to heart disease based on genetic factors.

Breed % Affected # of Evaluations
Bearded Collie 4.9 61
Norfolk Terrier 4.9 508
English Toy Spaniel 4.8 353
Scottish Deerhound 4 125
Irish Water Spaniel 3.4 146
Dalmatian 3.3 182
Bull Terrier 3.2 222
Miniature Bull Terrier 2.3 222
Whippet 2.3 1,783
Irish Wolfhound 2.2 456
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 1.9 12,771
German Pinscher 1.8 218
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 1.3 160
Dogue De Bordeaux 1.3 464
Berger Picard 1.2 84
Alaskan Malamute 1.2 252
American Staffordshire Terrier 1.2 1,689
Tibetan Terrier 1.0 98
German Wirehaired Pointer 1.0 192
Boston Terrier 1.0 518
Borzoi 1.0 1,514
Chesapeake Bay Retriever 0.8 236
Doberman Pinscher 0.8 1,462
Curly-Coated Retriever 0.8 497
Schipperke 0.8 118
Newfoundland 0.8 5,231
Shiloh Shepherd   0.7 542
Great Dane 0.7 4,444
Mi-Ki 0.7 153
Boxer 0.7 3,297
Brittany 0.7 149
Bullmastiff 0.7 968
Bloodhound 0.7 732
Japanese Chin 0.6 327
Saluki 0.6 167
Old English Sheepdog 0.6 176
Vizsla 0.6 545
American Pit Bull Terrier 0.5 427
Pomeranian 0.5 625
Rat Terrier 0.5 831
Chihuahua 0.5 810
Chinese Crested 0.5 189
Dachshund 0.5 217
Spinone Italiano 0.5 206
Beagle 0.4 261
Bichon Frise 0.4 548
Australian Cattle Dog 0.4 233
Rottweiler 0.4 6,883
Papillon 0.4 1060
Field Spaniel   0.4 268
Golden Retriever 0.3 28,136
Mixed Breed Dog 0.3 1,170
Mastiff 0.3 3,007
Labrador Retriever 0.3 8,192
Rhodesian Ridgeback 0.3 2,258
Samoyed 0.3 1,086
Australian Shepherd 0.3 393
American Water Spaniel 0.3 291
Bouvier Des Flandres 0.3 3,059
Border Terrier 0.3 1,708
Bernese Mountain Dog 0.3 3,913
English Springer Spaniel 0.2 479
Poodle 0.2 2,113
German Shorthaired Pointer 0.2 1,985
Great Pyreness 0.2 420
Havanese 0.1 3,498
German Shepherd Dog 0.1 1,263
Giant Schnauzer 0 155
Gordon Setter 0 83
Havana Silk Dog 0 181
Smooth Fox Terrier 0 108
Greyhound 0 99
Briard 0 135
French Bulldog 0 1,657
Flat-Coated Retriever   0 362
Parson Russell Terrier 0 56
Keeshond 0 312
Kerry Blue Terrier 0 51
Kuvasz 0 68
Lhasa Apso 0 80
Leonberger 0 351
Labradoodle 0 283
Miniature Australian Shepherd 0 100
Maltese 0 161
Miniature Pinscher 0 50
Miniature Schnauzer 0 381
Manchester Terrier 0 65
Portuguese Water DOg 0 102
Pug 0 151
Neapolitan Mastiff 0 52
Norwich Terrier 0 283
Saint Bernard 0 64
Staffordshire Bull Terrier 0 134
Standard Schnauzer 0 133
Siberian Husky 0 60
Shih Tzu 0 367
Shiba Inu 0 174
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 0 283
Shetland Sheepdog 0 131
Sussex Spaniel 0 79
Silken Windhound 0 281
Cardigan Welsh Corgi 0 78
Pembroke Welsh Corgi 0 283
Weimaraner 0 204
Wire Fox Terrier   0 69
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 0 58
West Highland White Terrier 0 84
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 0 61
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever 0 972
English Cocker Spaniel 0 70
Clumber Spaniel 0 72
Black and Tan Coonhound 0 63
Collie 0 170
Cane Corso 0 201
Boykin Spaniel 0 934
Cocker Spaniel 0 171
Cairn Terrier 0 119
Black Russian Terrier 0 341
Belgian Malinois 0 276
Basenji 0 65
Belgian Sheepdog 0 118
Belgian Tervuren 0 291
Bulldog 0 1,299
Chow Chow 0 179
Coton De Tulear 0 1,108
American Bulldog 0 64
Border Collie 0 184
Beauceron 0 150
Affenpinscher 0 67
Afghan Hound 0 69
American Hairless Terrier 0 93
Akita 0 70
Alaskan Klee Kai 0 386
Welsh Springer Spaniel   0 57
Welsh Terrier 0 66
Yorkshire Terrier 0 298

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