Alongside our in house blood tests we are currently offering free screening for Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is the second most common type of heart disease in dogs.
In DCM, the heart muscle gradually becomes weakened and floppy. The heart enlarges and stretches, becoming inefficient at pumping blood around the body. This can go undetected in dogs for years, with no obvious signs of poor health, as the body adjusts to cope.
Sadly, over time, weak heart muscles cause the hearts function to deteriorate. Congestive heart failure is when the heart can no longer pump sufficient blood around the body.
Early detection is key, as intervening as quickly as possible helps to support the heart and improve the dog's quality and length of life.
This is why we have joined with the screening programme for high risk dogs. It involves a simple blood test to check levels of a substance called pro-BNP, which is released into the blood stream when the heart muscle stretches excessively. So high levels are a good indicator of DCM.
High risk dogs include those over three years of age and those of larger breeds.
For more information on DCM or to find out if your dog is at risk call us on 01825 766006