Mitral Valve Disease
|Mitral valve disease is a condition whereby the mitral valve thickens and degrades overtime. A leak in the valve also develops as the valve can no longer close properly. While this is a common older age disease, there are certain breeds which are predisposed to developing it at a higher rate and younger age. |
Breeds predisposed to mitral valve disease are typically screened by auscultation and should be ausculted at least annually if not every 6 months.
Breeds: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahuas, and Norfolk Terrier.