10% of dogs presented to veterinarians have heart disease. Mitral valve disease (MVD) is the most common form. Detecting dogs in the early stages of MVD may help prevent progression.
A properly functioning mitral valve keeps blood flowing in one direction, from the left atrium into the left ventricle. In dogs with MVD, the mitral valve gets abnormally thick and can no longer form a tight seal between the atrium and ventricle which then allows blood to leak back into the left atrium resulting in a heart murmur. As MVD progresses, the heart works harder and harder eventually leading to congestive heart failure.
Purina scientists have formulated a Cardiac Protection Blend that helps keep hearts healthy and may help slow or reverse the progression of MVD in the earliest stages of heart disease.
Canine nutrition, dogs, heart failure, mitochondria, metabolism, ATP