In general, the two main heart conditions are Chronic Valvular Disease and Myocardial Disease.
Chronic Valvular Disease is more common in the smaller breeds like Miniature Poodles and Cocker Spaniels, and is caused by a leaking heart valve that reduces the quality of the blood being pumped through their body.
Myocardial Disease is more common in the larger breeds such as Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds, and in cats, and is a weakening, and or thickening of the heart muscle. The heart is less efficient and thereby not getting the right amount of blood to the heart.
Our Gordon's fall someplace in between.
Know these symptoms, so that if your Gordon exhibits any of these you can get them to your vet right away. It's important to know your dogs well, so that when something is a little off you'll recognize it hopefully in time to do something about it.
Signs of Heart Conditions:
Tired, lack of energy
Fainting or collapsing
Reduced ability to exercise
Reduced appetite and or weight loss
partial paralysis of the hind leg
The more you know...the more you grow!
And remember, I'm not a vet, or trained medical professional. This information is for general purposes only. Please consult your own Veterinarian on any concerns you have about your pet.
Information obtained by Hill's Prescription Diet .