Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disorder of the heart muscle. This disorder is caused by decreased contractility, changes in volume in the chambers and / or atria, arrhythmias, or a combination of these.
The left and / or right ventricle of the heart is enlarged, and often the atria as well. This results in reduced contractility and thus disturbances in the development and transmission of excitation in the heart.
The symptoms are typical of a heart disease: weakness, cough, inability to exercise, loss of appetite and emaciation with an increase in abdominal circumference. Also noticeable is the nocturnal restlessness and the constant getting up and lying down.
The prognosis depends on the stage of the heart disease. However, heart disease cannot be completely cured. However, the progression can be slowed if the disease is recognized early.
Since around every tenth dog, and every fourth dog from the age of seven, suffers from a heart defect, it is advisable to go to the vet for an early diagnosis check. With this you can quickly find out whether your dog belongs to the risk group. This is particularly recommended if your four-legged friend comes from a breed of predisposed breeds.
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