Heart Surgery For Dogs - What's Possible Today 

with Dr. Brian Sutherland 

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Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This!
 

If you’ve ever wondered what resources are out there for dogs with heart disease, Dr. Brian Sutherland has answers for you. 

 

Dr. Brian Sutherland is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who completed hisa Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at Colorado State University and surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His clinical specialties are minimally invasive surgery, thoracic surgery, degenerative heart disease, and congenital heart disease. 

 

My goal with this podcast is always to bring you the latest from all corners of veterinary medicine, and today we're talking about heart surgery. Specifically, surgery to fix congenital heart conditions and mitral valve disease. Mitral valve disease is actually one of the more common heart conditions in dogs, and at this point is almost exclusively treated with medication. But today, we're bringing you the surgery option. 

 

We’re talking risks, benefits, symptoms, other treatments, and more. 



In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 

  • Dr. Sutherland’s journey to becoming a cardiac surgeon
  • How mitral valve disease is detected in dogs 
  • The stages of mitral valve disease and what they look like
  • Which dogs would benefit most from mitral valve repair surgery 
  • The success rate of mitral valve repair surgery 
  • Teams and resources that are required for this surgery 
  • Where in the world this surgery is offered 
  • What congenital heart disease is 
  • Other treatments that are out there 

 

The discussion around heart disease in dogs is actually a lot bigger than it seems. Often when we think of heart disease we think of a hole in the heart, but as you’ve heard today, there’s so much more to explore. 

 

If you think your dog might benefit from mitral valve repair surgery, or you just want to learn more, be sure to check out the links below. 

 

Resources Mentioned:

Mighty Hearts Project 

ACVIM consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs (2019)

 

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