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Aortic or Sub-Aortic Stenosis In Dogs

Aortic Stenosis (AS) and Sub-Aortic Stenosis (SAS) cause narrowing of the aorta, which is the main blood vessel from the heart. The aorta carries oxygen-rich blood for circulation throughout the body. Since the circumference of the aorta is smaller than normal, the heart must work harder to propel blood through this small opening. An overworked heart often results in the hypertrophy of the cardiac walls leading to more serious complications and even death. In severe cases, dogs suffering from Aortic or Sub-Aortic Stenosis are not allowed to undergo any form of exercise for even walking can easily tire them down. This is a common heart condition affecting large breeds of dogs such as Rottweilers, Boxers, Newfoundland, and Golden Retrievers. 

Another common hereditary heart condition in dogs is Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia that results from a faulty valve, the Tricuspid Valve, that causes the backflow of blood circulation into the heart's right atrium. Most often than not, severe cases often lead to death of the affected dog. The breed which is most commonly affected by Tricuspid Valve Dysplasis is the Labrador Retriever.

Regular wellness visits at your Frisco, TX animal hospital are important opportunities to detect early signs of heart problems so they can be addressed immediately. Visit this website and schedule an appointment.

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