Category: Acquired

Physiologic Murmur in Dogs

A physiologic murmur is common in large-breed dogs.   This represents mild turbulence within the great vessels and is not the result of structural heart

Systemic Hypertension in Dogs

Systemic Hypertension is a state of high blood pressure within the body. This means that the heart must work very hard to propel blood forward,

Heart Base Tumors in Dogs

Heart Base Tumors are most frequently chemodectomas, which are benign, slow growing tumors of the aortic body chemoreceptors.   These tumors can cause the accumulation

Right Auricular Mass in Dogs

A right atrial/auricular mass is most likely a hemangiosarcoma.   Other tumor types would include chemodectoma or carcinoma.   The prognosis is typically poor; however,

Pericardial Effusion in Dogs

Pericardial Effusion is a condition where there is a fluid accumulation within the pericardial sac.   This causes the pressures outside of the heart to

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a primary myocardial disease wherein the heart muscle is damaged and becomes very weak.   The left ventricle dilates and has a

Chronic Valve Disease in Dogs

Myxomatous Mitral Valve Degeneration (i.e. Chronic Valve Disease or Endocardiosis) is a chronic, degenerative disease of the mitral valve (62% of affected patients have only