How risky is heart surgery for puppies?
April 27, 2012 11:00 AM Subscribe
What are survival rates like for dogs or puppies undergoing heart surgery?
posted by Ipsifendus to Pets & Animals (4 answers total)
We have a newly acquired (from a rescue organization) Bichon Frise puppy who has a pronounced heart murmur, and a slightly enlarged heart. The vet who has provided us this information is by his own testimony not an expert on cardiac problems, and in order to get a more precise diagnosis we'd probably have to travel at least 4 or 5 hours away. The puppy has no other symptoms of trouble...no trouble breathing, no fainting, no failure to grow, no lack of energy, no lethargy, good appetite, etc.
In the event that we do travel for a more specific diagnosis, virtually everything that the problem might turn out to be can be corrected only via surgery. So...how risky are cardiac-related surgical procedures for puppies?