Heart Diseases in Dogs

 

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.

 

Most Common Heart Conditions in Dogs

  1. Aortic Stenosis
  2. Boxer Cardiomyopathy
  3. Cardiac Issues
  4. Degenerative Valve Disease
  5. Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  6. Ductus Arteriosus
  7. Heart Cancer
  8. Heart Murmur
  9. Mitral Valve Disease
  10. Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  11. Pulmonic Stenosis
  12. 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 Collie4.961
Norfolk Terrier4.9508
English Toy Spaniel4.8353
Scottish Deerhound4125
Irish Water Spaniel3.4146
Dalmatian3.3182
Bull Terrier3.2222
Miniature Bull Terrier2.3222
Whippet2.31,783
Irish Wolfhound2.2456
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel1.912,771
German Pinscher1.8218
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen1.3160
Dogue De Bordeaux1.3464
Berger Picard1.284
Alaskan Malamute1.2252
American Staffordshire Terrier1.21,689
Tibetan Terrier1.098
German Wirehaired Pointer1.0192
Boston Terrier1.0518
Borzoi1.01,514
Chesapeake Bay Retriever0.8236
Doberman Pinscher0.81,462
Curly-Coated Retriever0.8497
Schipperke0.8118
Newfoundland0.85,231
Shiloh Shepherd0.7542
Great Dane0.74,444
Mi-Ki0.7153
Boxer0.73,297
Brittany0.7149
Bullmastiff0.7968
Bloodhound0.7732
Japanese Chin0.6327
Saluki0.6167
Old English Sheepdog0.6176
Vizsla0.6545
American Pit Bull Terrier0.5427
Pomeranian0.5625
Rat Terrier0.5831
Chihuahua0.5810
Chinese Crested0.5189
Dachshund0.5217
Spinone Italiano0.5206
Beagle0.4261
Bichon Frise0.4548
Australian Cattle Dog0.4233
Rottweiler0.46,883
Papillon0.41060
Field Spaniel0.4268
Golden Retriever0.328,136
Mixed Breed Dog0.31,170
Mastiff0.33,007
Labrador Retriever0.38,192
Rhodesian Ridgeback0.32,258
Samoyed0.31,086
Australian Shepherd0.3393
American Water Spaniel0.3291
Bouvier Des Flandres0.33,059
Border Terrier0.31,708
Bernese Mountain Dog0.33,913
English Springer Spaniel0.2479
Poodle0.22,113
German Shorthaired Pointer0.21,985
Great Pyreness0.2420
Havanese0.13,498
German Shepherd Dog0.11,263
Giant Schnauzer0155
Gordon Setter083
Havana Silk Dog0181
Smooth Fox Terrier0108
Greyhound099
Briard0135
French Bulldog01,657
Flat-Coated Retriever0362
Parson Russell Terrier056
Keeshond0312
Kerry Blue Terrier051
Kuvasz068
Lhasa Apso080
Leonberger0351
Labradoodle0283
Miniature Australian Shepherd0100
Maltese0161
Miniature Pinscher050
Miniature Schnauzer0381
Manchester Terrier065
Portuguese Water DOg0102
Pug0151
Neapolitan Mastiff052
Norwich Terrier0283
Saint Bernard064
Staffordshire Bull Terrier0134
Standard Schnauzer0133
Siberian Husky060
Shih Tzu0367
Shiba Inu0174
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog0283
Shetland Sheepdog0131
Sussex Spaniel079
Silken Windhound0281
Cardigan Welsh Corgi078
Pembroke Welsh Corgi0283
Weimaraner0204
Wire Fox Terrier069
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon058
West Highland White Terrier084
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier061
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever0972
English Cocker Spaniel070
Clumber Spaniel072
Black and Tan Coonhound063
Collie0170
Cane Corso0201
Boykin Spaniel0934
Cocker Spaniel0171
Cairn Terrier0119
Black Russian Terrier0341
Belgian Malinois0276
Basenji065
Belgian Sheepdog0118
Belgian Tervuren0291
Bulldog01,299
Chow Chow0179
Coton De Tulear01,108
American Bulldog064
Border Collie0184
Beauceron0150
Affenpinscher067
Afghan Hound069
American Hairless Terrier093
Akita070
Alaskan Klee Kai0386
Welsh Springer Spaniel057
Welsh Terrier066
Yorkshire Terrier0298

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