Healthy dogs needed for heart disease study

From: Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The Small Animal Clinic is seeking healthy dogs to compare to a clinical population of dogs affected by mitral valve disease. Dogs' health status will be determined by owner interview, physical examination, and echocardiography.

To enroll, dogs must:

  • Be 1-5 years of age
  • Weigh 3-25 kg / 7-55 lbs
  • Be free of systemic disease, such as diabetes, Cushing's, kidney disease, and heart disease.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Presence of other acquired or congenital cardiovascular diseases
  • Dogs that, because of their temperament, would require sedation for undergoing echocardiographic examination
  • Presence of severe clinical systemic disease that affects the cardiovascular system

What’s required?

Once enrolled in this study, your dog will undergo a standard cardiac examination, including echocardiography, at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Blacksburg, VA. These procedures allow the clinic to determine whether your dog is healthy or is affected by cardiac disease. Then the clinic will obtain some three-dimensional images of the mitral valve of your dog. These procedures are non-invasive, but may require a small area of fur on your dog’s chest to be shaved. All appointments will take place on Saturdays and should take less than 30 minutes.


If your dog is found eligible for the study, the cost of the visit and echocardiographic examination will be free of charge. Any additional exam or treatment that may be recommended following the clinician’s examination will not be covered, and will be discussed with you.


To schedule a study appointment for a healthy dog, please call the Small Animal Clinic at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital on 540-231-4621 and mention the 2D3D echo/mitral valve disease study.