WVC 91st Annual Conference
Canine valvular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of heart disease and heart failure in the dog. Older small breed dogs are predisposed, but older large breeds are also at risk. Progression of the preclinical stage of CVD is typically slow, however some individual dogs may experience more rapid progression. The clinical stage is characterized by congestive heart failure and associated clinical signs. Treatment recommendations for CVD are stage based and predominantly evidence based. This session will guide attendees through a practical approach to diagnosis and treatment that emphasizes the published evidence that supports current recommendations. Attendees will gain confidence in the recommendations and how to incorporate them into clinical practice.