The heart has been enlarged
Heart can become bigger in heart disease.
– With DCM, a heart muscle disease of the big dog, the whole heart is often enlarged
– In the case of flap defects and congenital heart problems, part of the heart is often enlarged.
If your dog has heart failure, if he is coughing or stuffy, you will have received heart medications. These drugs must be given for life.
If your dog does not have physical symptoms that are consistent with heart failure, this medication may also be necessary.
Heart medications are pricey. When in doubt and if the complaints after it
use of medicines, it is advisable to do additional research (eg an ultrasound of the heart).
The heart sack is overloaded
Around the heart is the pericardium. If there is too much moisture in this, the heart on the picture also appears to be enlarged. The heart and the pericardium around it have one color on the X-ray, we call this the heart shadow. The heart shadow is therefore enlarged with an overfilled pericardium.
The dog has a fast heartbeat and often the dog has a round belly with fluid.
After removing the fluid from the pericardium, the patient often recovers quickly. The pericardium is punctured at the MCD and cleared by the internist.
Medications are not necessary and sometimes even harmful.
An overfilled pericardium can have several causes :
– In most cases there is an irritation that heals spontaneously. Sometimes surgery is needed.
– Tumors can also cause an overfilling of the pericardium. In that case the prognosis is bleak.
The diagnosis is made with an ultrasound.
The heart seems to be enlarged
We often see that a dog that seemed to have an enlarged heart on the X-ray, appears to have a normal heart with an echo of the heart. We see this especially in small dogs and dogs with a round chest.
Making an X-ray and assessing it is difficult. The radiologist specializes in viewing and interpreting X-rays (and images of ultrasound, CT and MRI). If in doubt, we can send the photo for assessment by the radiologist.