Old Dogs with Murmurs

Degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) is very common in older, small breed dogs. The mitral valve is one of four valves in the heart that keep blood flowing in the right direction. The “lub-dub” we associated with a healthy heart is the sound of heart valves closing and should be all that a veterinarian hears when listening to a dog’s heart with a stethoscope.

The mitral valve is located between the heart’s left atrium and left ventricle. Small breed dogs have a genetic tendency to develop pathological …

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