UPDATE MAY 13, 2022: 10 year old Palmer, like nearly all Cavaliers his age, has an audible heart murmur due to mitral valve disease (MVD) 🩺 An echocardiogram is needed to 1. Determine the “stage” of the heart disease 2. For baseline purposes so that any progression of the disease can then best be monitored and 3. To determine if and when heart medications may be warranted.
Palmer, in Atlanta, Georgia, has just received his echocardiogram and was determined to be in Stage B2. Stage B2 is for asymptomatic dogs who have some evidence of changes/ remodeling/ enlargement of the heart and would at this point benefit from medication that would help to slow down any further progression of the disease. Palmer was placed in this stage because he has left atrium enlargement due to the faulty mitral valve. The right chambers of his heart are within normal limits ♥️
Therefore, we have started Palmer on two commonly used heart medications to help slow down any further progression of his mitral valve disease and he is doing well on these medications. He has now been cleared to undergo his much needed dental which he will receive on Monday. We will also be rechecking his weight at this time as he’s been working on losing a few extra pounds to ensure his best health and best self 💜